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INSIDECOSTARICA.COM | COSTA RICA  NEWS |   Tuesday 29 November 2011

Costa Rica: 85% Homicides in 2010 Went Unpunished

The chances of going to jail for murder in Costa Rica are slim, very slim, as 85% of the homicides last year went unpunished, that is of the 506 murders, there were only 76 convictions.

According to the Poder Judicial (Judiciary) of the 145.284 overall complaints filed in 2010 only 3.856 convictions were registered. In terms of rape, there were 1.613 allegations but only 157 sentences, leaving in impunity more than 90% of the cases.

On the issue of auto theft, 42.434 cases were reported but only 801 people convicted, while in cases involving drugs of the 64.217 charges there were only 217 convictions.

According to Juan Diego Castro, criminal lawyer and former ministro de Seguridad Publica, the impunity last year is the highest in more than a decade. And, according to Castro, it is not going to get better if the situation is not taken seriously by the government.



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