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.