Debtor’s prison for ¢21 million

Debtor’s prison may be a Middle Age concept, but not if the money owed is for family support.

The Fuerza Pública said they detained a man in Santa Ana who owes 21 million colons in what is called pensión alimenticia. He is supposed to pay his wife support of 3 million colons a month, but he has been involved in a court fight, he said. He also said he does not have the money.

Police were following the instructions of a judge’s order.

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