costa rica

  • Costa Rican Authorities Detain Two Romanian Fugitives

    Costa Rican authorities announced on Wednesday that they have detained two women wanted by their home country of Romania after being sentenced for abuse of power and corruption.

  • Doing Business the Radulescu Way

    Court records obtained by reporters yield some insight into Mihai Radulescu’s business methods back in Romania.

    Mihai Radulescu bought all the apartments in this building in the heart of Bucharest. More than a dozen companies were registered at the address; almost all went into insolvency due to unpaid debts. Mihai Radulescu bought all the apartments in this building in the heart of Bucharest. More than a dozen companies were registered at the address; almost all went into insolvency due to unpaid debts.

  • Former President Defends Elena Udrea

    Romania’s former President Traian Basescu, now a senator, is a key figure in the legal defense strategy of his protégé, Elena Udrea.

    Elena Udrea and former president Traian Basescu at a Popular Movement Party meeting in Constanta, Romania on May 2, 2014.Elena Udrea and former president Traian Basescu at a Popular Movement Party meeting in Constanta, Romania on May 2, 2014.

  • The Costa Rican Colombians

    Damaso Ruiz Carrion is a notary who helped several prominent Romanian fugitives get their papers in order in Costa Rica.

    Reporters for OCCRP and its partner organization, Semanario Universidad, found that he also rendered services to a high-level Colombian drug trafficker who married a Costa Rican and got Costa Rican citizenship.

    Colombian navy sailors in a patrol boat, left, and Sailors and Coast Guardsmen from the littoral combat ship USS Freedom search for illicit drugs dumped overboard by the crew of a high-speed "go-fast" vessel. (Photo: US Navy)Colombian navy sailors in a patrol boat, left, and Sailors and Coast Guardsmen from the littoral combat ship USS Freedom search for illicit drugs dumped overboard by the crew of a high-speed "go-fast" vessel. (Photo: US Navy)

  • Costa Rica’s Long and Winding Road to Extradition

    Extradition is not a simple procedure in Costa Rica.  

    The country has extradition treaties with countries like Colombia, the United States, and Spain.

    (Photo: CC BY-SA 2.0)(Photo: CC BY-SA 2.0)

  • Tough Job Ahead for New Costa Rican President

    Voters in Costa Rica chose a president who does not seem ready to deal with the country’s growing role in the region’s drug trade, InSight Crime reported on Monday.

  • Police Arrest 39 Members of WhatsApp Child Porn Ring across Three Continents

    Following 39 arrests across 15 countries, Spanish police announced Wednesday that they have dismantled an international child porn ring that distributed material via WhatsApp.

  • US: Digital Currency Banker Sentenced to 20 Years for ‘Unprecedented’ Money Laundering

    The co-founder of Liberty Reserve, a digital currency company based in Costa Rica, was sentenced on Friday to 20 years in prison for an “unprecedented” money laundering scheme at a Manhattan federal court.

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