Heart trouble may delay lawmaker’s corruption trial

Lawmaker Jorge Angulo faces 19 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

Lawmaker Jorge Angulo faces 19 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

January 6th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) The trial of Liberationist deputy Jorge Angulo, scheduled to begin today may once again be delayed, this time as the result of heart trouble.  The lawmaker is facing eight criminal charges including influence peddling, extortion and corruption.

 

Angulo was admitted to the Catholic Hospital in Goicoechea in the early morning hours on Saturday, complaining of chest pains and severe dizziness.

 

The legislator’s son, Jorge Angulo Solano told the daily La Nacion that his father was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the private hospital, where he remains sedated and intubated.  Angulo’s son indicated that his father should not attend Monday’s proceedings, as a cardiologist has ordered additional tests for today.

 

This would be the third time that since July 2013 that proceedings against Angulo have been delayed.

 

The charges against Angulo stem from charges that were filed in mid-2011, accusing Angulo of influence peddling, corruption, extortion and other crimes in relation to his alleged interference with the Regional Development Board of the Southern Zone (Judesur), which administers the Golfito free trade zone.

 

Angulo is accused of charging a construction company a ¢10 million (~$20,000 USD) kickback for each contract awarded to the firm by Judesur, which prosecutors said, “acted under the influence of Angulo.”  At least 11 other individuals are also facing charges related to the case, including charges of racketeering, extortion, fraud, and embezzlement, amongst others.

 

In addition, Angulo is accused of extorting money from a company that built a high school in San Vito, Coto Brus, as well as running up a bill of nearly $2,000 for lodging and meals at a hotel in Golfito and charging it to Judesur.

 

If convicted on all charges, Angulo could face up to 19 years behind bars.

 

Not the first allegations

 

La Nacion revealed in 2011 that Angulo had been the subject of some 48 criminal charges and civil complaints since 1974.

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  • Andrew

    I’ve been following this guy’s legal problem for years. “Why?” you ask. Because the guy looks like a TOAD. He also looks like the most corrupt/sleazy person in the freakin’ world. If he skates from all these charges, Costa Rica will have proven itself the most corrupt place on Earth. Call me a cynic, but I’m guessing he’s faking these health issues. On the other hand, it looks like he’s eaten pretty well on the people’s dime.

    • disgusted

      Funny, I was thinking do you want fries with that. Just like everyone else in the Government nothing going to happen he knows too many cover ups. This will be another dog and pony show,

  • expatin paradise

    When Bush, Cheney, and associates can skate on their crimes, it is a little unfair to suggest that Costa Rica is the most corrupt place on the planet. This move by Angulo is reminiscent of Nixon’s phlebitis that kept him from testifying in the Watergate matter. On the other hand, this sapo needs to go to trial.