More

    Court Rules Against Random Stop and Searches

    Must Read

    TCRN STAFFhttps://www.TheCostaRicaNews.com
    Creating a Conscious alternative news network that we feel the world needs. Pura Vida!


    A preliminary ruling last week by the Constitutional Chamber of Costa Rica’s Supreme Court (Sala IV) that police cannot stop and search citizens without “a solid indication that the person has committed a crime” has caused strong opposition.

    Public Security Ministry and President Laura Chinchilla, voiced their concerns and disagreement with the decision, saying that the public searches have led to the confiscation of drugs, weapons and counterfeit money and have helped capture fugitives.

    TIP: Get our latest content by joining our newsletter. Don't miss out on news that matter in Costa Rica. Click here.

    The Sala IV ruled that this “stop and search” method of investigation violates article 37 of Costa Rica ‘s Constitution, which states that “no one may be detained without solid indication that he or she has committed a crime and without a written order issued by a judge or an authority in charge of public order, except in the case of fugitives or delinquents caught in the act.”

    Chinchilla and Tijerino formally requested that the Sala IV revise its decision.

    The Costa Rica News asked for your opinions. Here are some of your comments.

    “It’s about time” John Sacks, expat.

    “Why do they search us gingo’s, when there are drug dealers, working their business on 10 meters away?” Kevin Colins, vacationer.

    ”They should be able to search someone that may not have committed a crime, especially if there are indicators, or red flags in the persons appearance, actions or demeanor.” Barb Ruthers ,expat.

    TCRN Staff

    LIKE THIS ARTICLE? Sign up to our newsletter and we will send you updates of our latest content as soon as they are available. Click here.

    - Advertisement -
    - Advertisement -

    Latest News

    New Web Series Seeks to Contribute to Central American Popular Education

    A new web series called "Veamos la Respuesta" (Let's See the Answer) is committed to bringing Central American popular...
    - Advertisement -

    More Articles Like This

    - Advertisement -

    LIKE THIS ARTICLE? Sign up to our newsletter and we will send you updates of our latest content as soon as they are available. Click here.

    Language »

    Get TCRN In Your Inbox & Never Miss Any News That Matter In Costa Rica!