February 18th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) According to sources, an alleged debt of approximately $1.5 million may have led to the murder of businessman Geovanny Soto, 52 in La Fortuna de San Carlos on February 9th.
Sources indicate that the money may have been lent to Soto by a person of Nicaraguan nationality, who after failing to receive payment, hired subjects to pressure Soto and collect the debt, though the situation got out of control and eventually led to the murder of Soto and two of his sons, Emanuel, 20 and Juan Mauricio, 22.
The head of criminal investigations for the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ), Gustavo Mata, would not confirm this version, saying that the investigation was ongoing.
“There were two raids, two arrests, hours later a subject was released, both are Nicaraguans. There is evidence against one of them, which would support that he was responsible for the [murders] we are investigating,” Mata said.
Nicaraguan police spokeperson, Fernando Borges said they know nothing of the case or possible connection to the country.
He also said that so far Costa Rican authorities have not made any specific request to their counterparts in Nicaragua, despite constant communication between the countries regarding judicial and law enforcement matters.