The Costa Rica News (TCRN)-The Probity, Transparency and Anti-Corruption Attorney (FAPTA in Spanish) asked Canadian authorities to provide more information regarding the bank accounts of the companies Infinito Gold and Norlien Foundation. This is in relation to an alleged donation they made to the Arias Foundation for Peace, which originated an investigation that features Oscar Arias, former president of Costa Rica.
The request was made a month ago by the Second Judicial Circuit of the Criminal Court in San Jose, after analyzing more than 500 files sent from Canada. At the moment FAPTA is waiting for the judge’s decision.
The Public Ministry requires more information regarding the bank accounts of Infinito Gold and Norlien Foundation to determine if the Arias Foundation received donations through them.
Now the Criminal Court must decide whether to authorize or not the request made by the Public Ministry.
The court must appoint an expert to do the translation of the request, which then must be sent to the Secretariat of the Supreme Court of Justice through the International Affairs Office of the Public Ministry, which in turn would send it to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs so that they forward it to the Canadian government.
The State General Attorney, Jorge Chavarria, said that the documentation provided by Canada lacked some important details that had been requested.
“They’re checking if it becomes necessary to request an extension of information to Canada or with what is you can proceed,” said the Prosecutor.
The whole process and delivery of the requested documents from Canada is expected to last around a year.
The Costa Rica News (TCRN)
San Jose, Costa Rica