The Sala Constitucional or Sala IV (Costa Rica’s Constitutional Court) accepted a constitutional motion against the ley de Delitos Informáticos, also called “Ley Mordaza” (Computer Crimes Act, also called the “Gag Law”, filed by the Ombudsman (Defensoría de los Habitantes).

The decision of the Court, repeals articles 196 and 196 bis, which carries sentenses of four to eight years in prison.

The filing by the Defensoria also includes a temporary rescinding of Article 288, which punishes with imprisonment those who disseminate secret political information.

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