August 30th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) Transport Minister Pedro Castro has filed a defamation suit against businessman and hotelier Alberto Rodriguez Baldi, the same man against which President Laura Chinchilla has also filed a lawsuit for defamation. Both lawsuits pertain to posts made by the businessman on his Facebook profile.
In his Facebook posts, Rodriguez questioned Castro’s relationship with the Brazilian firm OAS, whose controversial concession to expand the highway between San José and San Ramon was rescinded by Costa Rica after public outcry.
Castro’s lawsuit follows President Laura Chinchilla’s defamation lawsuit against Rodriguez, which she filed on June 25th.
Chinchilla’s lawsuit was filed just ten days after Rodriguez published a post on Facebook that stated that Chinchilla purchased land worth millions of dollars in Nicoya, Guanacaste.
Rodriguez, who is in the hotel business in La Fortuna de San Carlos, also stated that Chinchilla has business interests in wind energy.
After learning of Chinchilla’s lawsuit, Rodriguez responded by saying that “Doña Laura is free to sure whoever she wishes,” and that the case “seems a golden opportunity to question the President.”