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FIFA Suspends For Life Costa Rica’s Eduardo Li

FIFA Suspends For Life Costa Rica’s Eduardo Li

Eduardo Li, once the darling of Costa Rica soccer, has earned himself a lifetime ban from the FIFA’s ethics committee for taking bribes, The FIFA decision was announced Friday. “As a consequence the official is banned for life from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level,” a statement […]

Colombians are fed up with corruption, and everyone seems to be under investigation

Colombians are fed up with corruption, and everyone seems to be under investigation

Colombians marched in Bogota on April 1 against corruption, the FARC peace process and national politics in general. Fredy Builes/Reuters TODAY COLOMBIA (The Conversation) Civil unrest seems to be the order of the day – and the coming weeks – in Latin America. The sprawling Odebrecht bribery scandal that started in Brazil is now complicating […]

Odebrecht Bribes in Colombia Passed through Panama

Odebrecht Bribes in Colombia Passed through Panama

The corruption scandal shakes Colombia TODAY COLOMBIA (Prensa Latina) An investigation carried out by the Public Ministry of Panama, concerning a ghost company of Odebrecht provided information for the corruption scandal that shakes Colombia, publishes today daily La Estrella de Panama. Last January 24, the seventh prosecutor anticorruption district, Alexandra Vence, asked the Public Registry […]

The Name Has Changed. So Has Its Function. But The Building Remains The Same.

The Name Has Changed. So Has Its Function. But The Building Remains The Same.

(QCOSTARICA) The building looks familiar. Located on Avenida Segunda, diagonal to the Teatro Nacional, the building once housed the failed Banco Anglo Costarricense. The Banco Anglo was founded in 1863 with British and Costa Rican capital, as its name implies, and closed after the financial collapse on September 14, 1994 by order of the government […]

Central Banker Bargains Way Out of Prison in Guatemala

Central Banker Bargains Way Out of Prison in Guatemala

(Q24N) A former president of Guatemala’s Central Bank who admitted involvement in laundering $30 million will avoid serving jail time, a mixed result for an otherwise successful effort by prosecutors to counter corruption at the highest levels of the country’s bureaucratic elite. Édgar Barquín, the former president of Guatemala’s Central Bank and 2015 vice-presidential candidate, […]

Former Guanacaste Mayor Collected Salary and Bonuses While Earning Pension

Former Guanacaste Mayor Collected Salary and Bonuses While Earning Pension

QCOSTAIRCA by Henry Morales, Vozdeguanacaste.com – On May 1, Carlos Arias Chavez’s term as mayor of the Municipality of Nandayure ended. However, he is not free from the municipality yet because he is now facing a lawsuit for alleged illicit enrichment. According to the municipal auditor, Gilberto Hernandez, Arias collected a salary as mayor at […]

BBC’s Hardtalk With President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis

BBC’s Hardtalk With President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis

QCOSTARICA – HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur talks to the President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis. In the 23 minute interview, President Solis talks about he is certain that he will succeed in his mandate and is willing to discuss the legalization of cocaine and marijuana in Costa Rica. The interview aired on the BBC on […]

Latin America Soccer Officials Implicated in Latest FIFA Scandal

Latin America Soccer Officials Implicated in Latest FIFA Scandal

Q24N – The US Department of Justice indicted an additional sixteen Latin American soccer officials on corruption charges, shedding more light on a complex network involving multiple sports media companies that agreed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to the region’s most powerful soccer brokers. US officials first unveiled an indictment against […]

Alcatel-Lucent Agrees to Pay ICE US$10 million Out-of-Court Settlement in Costa Rica

Alcatel-Lucent Agrees to Pay ICE US$10 million Out-of-Court Settlement in Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) – The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) reports accepting a settlement of US$10 million dollars from Alcatel-Lucent, after reaching a settlement for damages following the case known as the ICE-Alcatel scandal. On June 8 of this year, the ICE Board of Directors authorized the settlement agreement, with the provision that the resulting lawsuits in […]

Court Enables Hotline To Report Corruption

(QCOSTARICA) The Poder Judicial has enabled a free and confidential hotline to receive complaints of corruption within the judicial branch. The Confidential Information Centre (CICO) of Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) will receive calls at:800 8000 645 or by email at: cicooij@poder-judicial.go.cr Zarla Villanuewa, president of the Supreme Court stated, “The intention is to detect […]

All Is Not Well in Costa Rica’s Ecotopia

All Is Not Well in Costa Rica’s Ecotopia

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica is often held up as the model for democratic ecological governance that the major Western economies should aspire to. The nation is purportedly running its electrical grid entirely off renewable sources, and its leader is an outspoken climate activist on the global stage. But a recent report suggests not all is well […]

The FIFA Scandal: A Lesson in Socialization and Culture

(QCOSTARICA BLOG) The recent “take-down” of some very high profile FIFA Directors by the U.S. Authorities in Switzerland, on bribery, corruption, and money laundering charges, is actually an interesting study in socialization and culture. The bulk of the accused are from either Latin American Countries, including Mr. Eduardo Li, a Director of FIFA from Costa […]

Inside Traffic Group, The Little-known Company At The Heart of the FIFA Corruption

Inside Traffic Group, The Little-known Company At The Heart of the FIFA Corruption

(Via SFGate.com) FIFA has been the subject of most headlines over the past couple of days surrounding corruption in the football world going back decades, but much of the indictment brought by the US Department of Justice (which you can read in full here courtesy of Bloomberg) refers to the misconduct of multi-national sports marketing […]

Uncertainty Reigns In The Soccer Federation

Uncertainty Reigns In The Soccer Federation

(QCOSTARICA) — At the Costa Rica Soccer Federation (Federación Costa Rica de Fútbol – Fedefútbol) there is a lot of uncertainty, unknowns and unanswered questions, including how it will impact upcoming events. Uncertain is who will lead the Federation and the upcoming elections of the executive committee in August, where Eduardo Li, is the first […]

Nicaragua Official Arrested In FIFA Scandal

Nicaragua Official Arrested In FIFA Scandal

(TODAY NICARAGUA) Among the FIFA executives arrested on Wednesday in Switzerland for alleged corruption is Nicaragua’s Julio Rocha. Rocha, 64, is currently a development officer with FIFA, tasked with introducing new football projects around the world, headed Federación Nicaragüense de Fútbol (FENIFUT) for nearly 25 years and has acted as the president of the Central […]

Who Are The Indicted FIFA Officials?

Who Are The Indicted FIFA Officials?

(QCOSTARICA Via BBC) Fourteen people have been indicted on corruption charges by US authorities following an investigation into football’s world governing body Fifa. Nine of them are Fifa officials and five are corporate executives. Here we take a closer look at the Fifa figures charged with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies. Eduardo Li […]

Li Refuses Voluntary Extradition To The United States

Li Refuses Voluntary Extradition To The United States

(QCOSTARICA) —The president of the Costa Rica Soccer Federation (Federación Costarricense de Fútbol), Eduardo Li, has refused to accept voluntary extradition from Switzerland to the United States, after being accused of wire fraud and money laundering charges spearheaded by the United States Justice Department. Li is one of seven FIFA executives who were arrested in […]

Li Among FIFA Officials Arrested in US Federal Corruption Investigation

Li Among FIFA Officials Arrested in US Federal Corruption Investigation

(QCOSTARICA) — Eduardo Li, president of the Federación Costarricense de Fútbol (Fedefútbol) – Costa Rica’s Soccer Federation –  is among the FIFA officials arrested on corruption charges, confirmed the U.S. Department of Justice. Li, who was attending the FIFA annual meeting in Zurich, was led by the authorities from his room to a side-door exit […]

Solís Goverment Promises Gay Bills Giving Same Sex Couples Equal Rights

Solís Goverment Promises Gay Bills Giving Same Sex Couples Equal Rights

QCOSTARICA – The Solis Administration promised this past week to send two bills to congress to legalize gay unions, offering same sex couples right equal to those extended by tradition to conventional married couples. Similar bills have been put forward before but weak-kneed politicians have shunned them and in one case during the last term, […]

Romanian Found Dead on Costa Rica Flight Involved in Corruption and Bribery In His Country

Romanian Found Dead on Costa Rica Flight Involved in Corruption and Bribery In His Country

QCOSTARICA – The Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) confirmed the death of Romanian national Costel Comana, whose body was found in the lavatory of an Avianca flight arriving in Costa Rica, as by asphyxia by hanging. Following the news, it was learned that Comana was a railway entrepreneur in his country, who was involved in […]

Salvadorians Demand Trial Against Former President Flores

Salvadorians Demand Trial Against Former President Flores

CENTRAL AMERICA – Salvadorian social organizations are demanding that former President Francisco Flores (1999-2004) faces trial and a sentence and that his case does not remain unpunished. In front of the house of the ex-president, dozens of people carry signs and shout slogans for the trial against him for embezzlement, illegal enrichment and disobedience to […]

Attorney General Seizes Government Computer In Investigating Influence Peddling

Attorney General Seizes Government Computer In Investigating Influence Peddling

Looking for evidence of alleged influence peddling, the Fiscalia (Attorney General office) confiscated on Wednesday the computer of the Ministro de la Presidencia, Carlos Ricardo Benavides’ secretary, from the offices of Casa Presidencial (Government House). Th act was part of the investigation after it was known publicly that legislator Walter Céspedes asked Benavides to appoint […]