OIJ agent and Fuerza Publica officer released after nearly 24 hours in Nicaraguan detention

July 4th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) An agent of the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) and a Fuerza Publica officer were released yesterday after nearly 24 hours detention by judicial and immigration authorities in Nicaragua.

 

The situation arose around 3 p.m. on Tuesday after the officers accidently strayed a few meters across the border in Upala de Alajuela, according to Costa Rican sources.

 

The OIJ said that low visibility of landmarks led the officers to accidently cross a few meters across the border while conducting an inspection, when Nicaraguan police officers arrested the pair.

 

The Nicaraguan police officers later turned the pair over to immigration authorities in that country.

 

Initial reports in the local media had indicated that the pair were arrested by soldiers of the Nicaraguan Army, but the OIJ later clarified that the pair were arrested by Nicaraguan police.

 

Nicaraguan police seized the officers’ weapons and Fuerza Publica – issued vehicle during the arrests, which are believed to have now been returned.

 

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  • Ken Morris

    I have no reason to doubt this story (which seems to be identical to the one in the Spanish-language press) but note that the “accidental” crossing into Nicaragua is emphasized. Well, this is their story, and again probably true, but it strikes me as biased reporting to emphasize their claim that it was an “accidental” crossing. I doubt that a Nica caught on the CR side claiming accident would have the story presented with this same emphasis on the excuse. Just observing . . .

  • Patrick Smyth

    No GPS?