July 10th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) The defamation trial of businessman Alberto Rodriguez Baldi, brought as the result of a complaint filed against him by former president Laura Chinchilla over statements he made on Facebook, will begin on Monday, according to an official statement.
The 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.
On Facebook, Rodriguez responded at the time by saying that “Doña Laura is free to sue whoever she wishes,” and that the case “seems a golden opportunity to question the President.”
Communications Minister Carlos Roverssi said at the time that Chinchilla filed the lawsuit as a private citizen and would cover her own legal expenses. Roverssi said that Chinchilla “wants to make it very clear that the only compensation [Chinchilla and her husband] receives is her salary and her husband’s pension.”