Corrupt Traffic Police Appear in Court

Costa Rica news

The Court of Finance issued an injunction against transit officers arrested last Thursday, suspected of extortion.

All officials who are investigated for the crime of extortion, must sign each month, change the job in the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation and will be unable to leave the country.

Involved there were seven traffic arrested, but on Friday morning one more turned himself in to authorities. They work in the office of the Traffic Police Zurquí located near the tunnel, on Route 32, which connects San José to Limón.

They are suspected of collecting money from offending drivers. Apparently they charged between ¢10 000 and ¢20 000 to nationals and a little more to foreigners.

According to Jorge Rojas, director of the Judicial Investigation Organization(OIJ), five officers had been arrested previously for the same offense, and one was convicted, but the decision is under appeal.

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