95% of Costa Ricans argue against lack of sanctions against Lieberman and Garnier

About 95% of people who have knowledge of the case on the letters of recommendation from Luis Liberman and Leonardo Garnier, second vice president and minister of Education, respectively, believes that President Laura Chinchilla should punish them or ask them to resign.

Only 2% agree with the decision taken by the president: she did not apply any punishment.

This follows from the most recent National Study of Public Opinion Unimer, based on interviews with 1,200 people across the country, from 5 to July 11, 2012.

Should the president punish them, ask the resignation or do nothing? These were the questions in the survey that was conducted. Among those who knew of the case, 50% said they had to punish them and 45% said they had to ask for their resignation.

In early April, it was announced that Liberman and Garnier signed letters of recommendation, in August 2011 – to a company, Florisabel Rodriguez, who used them to compete for a consultancy contract to image, from ¢ 17 million, which won the Costa Rican Oil Refinery (Recope).

In June, the Office of Ethics concluded that Liberman and Garnier violated ethical principles of integrity, impartiality, fairness and objectivity to sign letters to the company “Research and Assessment Process”.

However, Chinchilla issued two resolutions that exonerated the hierarchy. Supported by a legal report of the Presidential House, she concluded that there were no grounds to open a process to Garnier.

Furthermore, filed the case of Liberman, “because the law does not provide penalties for such officials (vice president) and his behavior was attached to the legality and ethics.”

Both Lieberman and Garnier rejected the conclusions of the report by the Inspector. They have maintained that when they wrote letters, did not influence the hiring process.

A 43% of respondents said they were aware of the case and the judgment as to the letters. Another 54% said not to hear the case.

On the advice of the Attorney General, Unimer also were asked if they felt well informed founded. 50% said yes and 38% said no.

Chinchilla’s refusal to sanction the two hierarchs earned her a temporary blockage of the legislative agenda by the opposition parties demanding a drastic reaction to the leaders.

When asked if they were in agreement with the legislative blockade to demand the removal of Liberman and Garnier, the criteria were divided.

45% said yes supported the measure and 40% said no, while 15% did not reply.

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