Security minister proposes coordination of organized crime fight

The security minister Tuesday met with the president of the  Corte Suprema de Justicia to propose a new committee to coordinate the campaign against organized crime.

The minster, Gustavo Mata Vega, suggested a committee of magistrates, judges, judicial police, prosecutors, his ministry the Ministerio de Justicia y Paz, among others to be involved in this entity.

The proposal is not likely to be accepted easily by the Judicial Investigating Organization which tries to maintain its monopoly on crime detection. Mata’s ministry includes the Fuerza Pública, which has the job of crime prevention and first responders. However, the ministry also includes anti-drug agents.

The court president, Zarela Villanueva Monge, was reported to have agreed to take the concept under advisement.

The proposal is directed at both repression of crime and prevention, Mata was quoted as saying in a statement from his ministry. The group was called in Spanish the Unidad de Articulación, which could be translated as the coordinating unit.

Mata’s proposal would create a center of information of crimes with all agencies being able to access it and coordinate plans with all the police agencies. There would be special jurisdictions for drug and organized crime cases, according to the proposal.mata081215

The minister said in April that an integrated strike force was needed to crack down on organized crime and murders.

The court president said last month that she was preparing a bill to address organized crime.

President Luis Guillermo Solís also has proposed a high-level commission. The bill, No. 19.346, transforms the existing  Dirección de Inteligencia y Seguridad  into a new agency called the Dirección de Inteligencia Estratégica Nacional.

The measure also creates an oversight committee that is supposed to meet at least once a year to supervise the work.

This entry was posted in Costa Rica News. Bookmark the permalink.