Supreme Court president steps down amid corruption scandal

center_img Bolaños, who’s currently in preventive detention, is accused of using political pressure and offered perks in exchange for the authorization to import Chinese cement with millions of dollars worth of unguaranteed credit from public banks.Bolaños’s criminal network involved agents from all three branches of government. Over the course of the investigation, a CSJ magistrate and the attorney general were dismissed, as well as the manager and board of directors of the state-owned Bank of Costa Rica. The Vice Minister of Finance was also forced to resign.Chinchilla and the other reprimanded judges irregularly exonerated the now-former legislators Otto Guevara and Víctor Morales Zapata, for influence-peddling charges despite having hundreds of taped calls between the legislators and Bolaños proving the charge.The written reprimand was criticized across the country for having little weight, especially since the ex-Attorney General Bernice Smith, was suspended for two months over the same case. Facebook Commentslast_img

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