Court president wants more resources to hear crooks’ phone calls

The head of the nation’s high court wants more money for its eavesdropping program that is handled from a 24-hour a day facility.

The request came from Zarela Villanueva Monge, the president of the Corte Suprema de Justicia, when she met Wednesday with President Luis Guillermo Solís and lawmakers.

She said that the center needs more employees and technological resources to improve its capacity in the fight

against organized crime. The telephone tapping system can be used in the investigating of drug cases and other organized crime cases, such as human trafficking, kidnapping and money laundering.

Tapping a telephone requires a judge’s order.

But the court president said that advances in technology require that the four-year-old center also change its systems by 2018.

The summary of the meeting by the Poder Judicial did not give any statistics or cite any cases that have used the center.

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