Costa Rica News – Well the punishment for crimes in Costa Rica never ceases to amaze me. I mean seriously, what kind of example does this set? These 13 police officers took bribes instead of having the violators pay the fines and the punishment for this for them is a 6 month suspension WITH PAY!!!! Are you friggin kidding me?
A judge suspended from office 13 traffic cops, who apparently were paid kickbacks in exchange for drivers not to fine them for breaking the law. The move came yesterday at a public hearing that began at 9 am and ended at 6 pm
The meeting was held via videoconference that connected the Criminal Court of Liberia, in Guanacaste, the Criminal Court of Hacienda, located in the Second Judicial Circuit, in San Jose.
Other than the measures imposed by the judge, are barred from leaving the country, must sign in every 15 days, live at a set address and telephone number, and cannot go to their workplaces.
The policemen were suspended from office for six months, but continue to receive his salary.
The defendants were arrested on Monday after the drivers affected interpose the respective complaints against officials.
The agents of the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) conducted monitoring officers to check the fraudulent conduct of which they are accused.
Authorities said the suspects charged between ¢ 10,000 and ¢ 40,000 to the drivers, and, according to the plaintiffs, foreigners were charged in dollars.
The Judicial Police reported that the investigation of these events began in March.
Defendants working in Nicoya, Limonal (Abangares) and Cañas, Guanacaste.
So these officers got 6 months paid vacation for their actions. What do they really think is going to happen as new increased fines are put in place? So the officers now have the example if they steal an extort traffic violators, they get 6 months paid vacation if they get caught. Way to go Costa Rica!