July 2nd, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) U.S. citizen Patrick Hundley, the owner of real estate development firm, Daystar Properties in Jaco, remains jailed in a Perez Zeledon jail cell since his February arrest, and claims his human rights have been violated as a result, according to a statement sent to Inside Costa Rica.
Hundley, who is also the president of the second division soccer club, the Jaco Rays, was arrested on charges of defrauding five foreign investors out of $7 million USD, according to reports by the daily La Nacion shortly after his arrest.
According to the report, investors claim they signed contracts and began making monthly payments of up to $500,000 for a year and a half, with the promise that they would become shareholders in a corporation holding the property after the $7 million was raised and the purchase was made. The investors say they have never received their shares.
Hundley’s supporters have now set up a web site, where it is claimed that Hundley’s human rights have been violated and that he was arrested under false pretenses.
On the site, CostaRicaInjustice.com, Hundley supporters state that “Pat Hundley has the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, the opposite is happening. Mr. Hundley is suffering in prison as if he had been found guilty in a trial, but there’s been no trial. This is an injustice and a violation of his human rights.
Pat Hundley was arrested under false pretenses, has not been presented any evidence, has not had a hearing on the facts of the case and has been assigned an unlawful and high bail.
At this time, Mr. Hundley can only get out of prison by agreeing to his business partner’s demands or by posting the unattainable bail.”
“Mr. Patrick Hundley, founder of Daystar Properties in Jaco, Costa Rica, has been held in prison in Costa Rica since February 17, 2014. This is an injustice and the crimes against Mr. Hundley include violation of his human rights, being held without showing probable cause, false representation by the Costa Rican legal system, and extortion,” the site continues.
The site claims that conditions in the jail are overcrowded and inhumane. “Mr. Hundley has been held in prison in Costa Rica for over four months with no probable cause, no hearing on the facts of the case and no end in sight. The judge determined that he should be held in Preventiva while the prosecutor attempts to build his case against Mr.Hundley. Mr. Hundley is now in Perez Zeledon Prison where he is in a cell with 60 other men (the cell was built for 22 people), some of whom are convicted murders. Sixty men share one shower, one toilet and one urinal. Most men sleep on the concrete floor. The conditions at this prison are inhumane and something you hear about in third world countries,” the web site states.
The site also states that Hundley is being demanded to pay a full cash bail of $2 million USD, which it describes as one of the highest bail demands in history.
Hundley’s next bail and preventive detention hearing is scheduled for July 7th in Puntarenas, according to information provided to Inside Costa Rica.