February 18th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) The corruption trial of Liberationist deputy Jorge Angulo remains in limbo due to the lawmaker’s heart trouble.
Angulo’s trial was scheduled to begin on January 6th. The lawmaker is facing eight criminal charges including influence peddling, extortion and corruption.
Angulo was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Catholic Hospital in Goicoechea 48 hours before the January 6th trial was to begin, complaining of chest pains and severe dizziness. He remained hospitalized for a week.
According to his son, Solano Angulo, the lawmaker is currently receiving a weekly medical checkup and doctors continue to advise home rest.
According to his son, doctors are still determining if his father requires surgery to place heart stents in one of Angulo’s arteries.
“He’s taking it easy, he takes small walks, spends time with his family, the doctor sees him once a week but he’s okay,” Solano Angulo said.
This is the third time 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.