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Honduras: Land of gangs and violence

Criminal gangs pose an existential threat to state and society in Honduras. For many, the only option is to flee. One of most violent countries in the world Honduras has one of the highest homicide rates in the world. In 2011-2012, there were 86 homicides per...

Surprise “Operativo” on 120 Barbershops In San Jose Uncovers Drugs and More

A surprise police action "operativo" in San Jose barbershops this Sunday morning resulted in the seizure of drugs and an investigation into 204 people, one of which was arrested for irregular migratory status, five for drug sales, theft and attempted homicide. The drugs found on...

U.S. Advises Americans To Reconsider Travel to Nicaragua

The U.S. Department of State renewed its Travel Advisory for Nicaragua on June 8, 2018. The Department continues to advise travelers to reconsider travel to Nicaragua. This replaces the previous Travel Advisory issued on May 4, 2018. The full text of the new Travel Advisory...

Colombia Considers Chemical Castration as Child Sex Abuse Soars

Colombia’s senate has approved the use of chemical castration for rapists found guilty of sex crimes against minors, as a new report warns that such violations have soared by 27 percent. Since January, there have already been 5,870 cases reported, said the Colombian Family Welfare...

Honduran Health Ministry Accused of Corruption, Fiscal Fraud

Honduras' Health Ministry is sinking deeper into a corruption scandal, with the National Anti-Corruption Council (CNA) introducing fresh allegations to an ongoing investigation. Presented to the Public Ministry on Thursday, investigators say new evidence and testimonies support the theory of fiscal fraud which has robbed...

Suspects In Double Homicide In La Sabana Detained

A woman and three men were arrested Sunday morning as suspects in the killing of a father and his son in La Sabana. As confirmed by the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ), the woman, 21 years of age, was identified by her last name Baez Rodríguez,...

Only One Country Ready to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse, According to Scientists

Brazilian mathematicians considering humanity's chances of surviving a zombie uprising have calculated that to have any sort of shot, civilians would need help from a fairly large standing army. Their estimates led them to a surprising conclusion. According to the researchers' standard model, which requires a...

InSight Crime’s 2017 Homicide Round-Up In Latin America & Caribbean

(Insightcrime.org) Record highs, all-time lows, and a few surprises: 2017 proved a remarkable year in terms of homicide rates for many countries across Latin America and the Caribbean. Once again, InSight Crime presents its annual homicide round-up to give a snapshot of murder rates around...

Eight Men In Custody Related To Wed. Morning Shootout With Police

Following the chase, a gunfight and discovery of two bodies in a minivan Wednesday morning in La Sabana, police did not sit on their hands, by the end of the day they had eight suspects in custody. The story began in the early hours of...

Two Teens Murder Foreigners In Orotina

This past week there has been a rash of homicides, most of what authorities believe "a settling of scores". From Desamparados, to Pavas, to Orotina, the triggemen left bodies behind. The latest occurred Friday afternoon, around 4:30 pm in Mataste de Orotina, in the area...

Suspect In Shooting Of Baker’s Son Was On The OIJ “10 Most Wanted” In 2015

The man suspected of shooting at a baker with a shotgun in Pococí was among the "10 most wanted" by the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) in April 2015. The man, who in that month appeared in the OIJ bulletin, is identified by his surnames...

What is the cost of violence against women for their health, their children, and their work?

  (Q24N) Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) suffers disproportionately from the impact of violence against women compared to other regions. The vast majority of victims are men, and especially young people. But the impact on women is also high, and manifests itself in many...

Is Slapping Your Child a Crime in Latin America?

(Expat-Chronilces, By Colin) Last Friday the children were destroying the house with pent-up energy. It was Peru’s Independence Day, so no school, and we had just spent a week in the infamously child-unfriendly city of Arequipa. So I gave wife a little rest and...

25 Year Prison Sentence For Killing American Pensioner Made Her Laugh

Q COSTA RICA - Sisters Ruth and Dayana Gaytán Ramírez, 23 and 21, were sentenced Monday afternoon to 25 years in prison each for the murder of Brian Lynn Hogue, the American investor/pensioner who disappeared in Limon on June 1, 2015 and whose body...

86% of the Most Dangerous Cities Are In Latin America

For the past fifteen years, global headlines have depicted, through harrowing imagery, the effects of war on cities across the Middle East. An inevitable fracturing of law and order leads to an explosion of crime which we imagine could not be tolerated in a region...

“Touching Without Consent” Is A Crime in Costa Rica

Q COSTA RICA - In Costa Rica, touching, without consent (Acariciar sin consentimiento in Spanish), the waist and back and any other body part of a person for the purpose of 'satisfying a pleasure' constitutes a crime of sexual abuse. That is the determination of...

Massacre in Liberia!

Q COSTA RICA NEWS - Without a motive or a suspect, the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) is working on putting together the pieces of the puzzle of what could have led to the murder of five people and the serious injury of another...

BREAKING NEWS: Five Found Beheaded In Rooming House In Liberia, Guanacaste

Q COSTA RICA NEWS  (8:40am) This just in, the Cruz Roja report finding five people dead in a Liberia (Guanacaste) rooming house this morning. In addition, a woman with a serious neck wound was taken to hospital. The victims were three women and two men....

OIJ Warns Of Increase Thefts Of The Streets of Downtown San Jose

Q COSTA RICA / If walking about downtown San Jose watch out for pickpockets, warns the head of the robberies section of the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ), Eddy Roda Abarca, who said there is a noted increase of robberies perpetrated in the center...

Minister of Security Says He Will Resign If Legislators Don’t Approve Tax on Corporations

(QCOSTARICA) The Ministro de Seguridad (Minister of Security), Gustavo Mata has threatened to resign his post if legislators don't approve the return of the Corporations Tax, that is used primarily to finance his portfolio. Gustava's statement Monday morning of his eventual resignation came after providing...

Central America’s Dangerous Gamble: Militarization and Crime

(Q24N) Insightcrime.org  - A new report indicates that Central American states have increasingly relied on the military to fight crime with help from the United States, a decision which may bear consequences for human rights and levels of violence within the young democracies. The...

El Salvador, World’s New Murder Capital

(Q24N) Social violence. War. Last year, 6,657 murders. Between January 1 and February 21 of this year, 1,622 murders. An average of 23 Salvadorans assassinated every day during 2016, as confirmed recently by Howard Augusto Cotto, the director of the National Civil Police (PNC). The...

Costa Rica Proposes Eliminating Criminal Record After Sentence Served

QCOSTARICA - Criminals in Costa Rica only have to carry the burden of a criminal record for 10 years, the time before the conviction is erased after completing their sentence. But, a proposed amendment to the Law of Judicial Records and Archives (Ley de Registros...

A Bloody Weekend: Four Dead and Four Wounded

QCOSTARICA - The second Sunday of the year left four dead and four wounded in separate incidents, in Goicoechea, San Rafael de Heredia, San José and Guácimo. The most bloody was in Ipis de Goicoechea (a highly conflictive area on the east side of San...

Breaking into tourist’s vehicles is the most common summertime crime in Guanacaste

(QCOSTARICA - By Henry Morales, Vozdeguanacaste.com) In the months of January, February, March and April, thousands of tourists come to enjoy the attractions of Guanacaste, with the beaches being the preferred areas. However, as in the rest of the world, crimes against vacationers take...

Police Have Main Suspect In Brutal Murder Of Entire Family Last Week

(QCOSTARICA) A 37 year old foreign labourer, known locally as "Jairo", was arrested Thursday night as the main suspect in the murder of an entire family last week, confirmed the Ministerio de Seguridad Publica (MSP) and the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ). The man who...

Complaints Are Filed In Only One Third Of Property Crimes

(QCOSTARICA) - The National Household Survey of the National Institute of Statistics and Census (Nacional de Hogares del Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas y Censos - INEC), notes that in 2014, more people victims of robbery or home invasion decided to file a complaint (denuncia...

Suspect In Killing and Rape of Two Children Behind Bars

(QCOSTARICA) The 19 year old Upala farm labourer (peon, in Spanish) and prime suspect in the killing of an 11 year old boy and rape of a nine year old girl, will be spending the next six months in preventive detention, as authorities continue...

American Found Dead and Partially Burned in Puriscal

QCOSTARICA - A U.S. citizen, 72 year old Robert Stewart, who apparently lived alone on his luxurious villa in Ojo de Agua de Grifo Alto de Puriscal, was found with several gunshots and indications his remains had been partially burned. Areas residents says Stewart had...

Police Nab Suspect in Brutal Murder Of Young Woman in Escazú

QCOSTARICA - Like the Canadian Mounties, the OIJ in Costa Rica always get their man (or at least they try), as in the case of the suspected murderer of Yurey Lucial Garcia, found in the back of her father's SUV, on the sixth floor...

American Victim of Multiple Gunshots In Escazú

QCOSTARICA - An American was rushed, in delicate condition, to the Hospital San Juan de Dios after being shot outside a bakery near the La Paco shopping center, in San Rafael de Escazú. The victim identified as Jason Feinman, 42, received multiple gunshot wounds Wednesday...

OIJ Calls For Ban Of Two People On Motorcycles

QCOSTARICA - The director of the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ), Francisco Segura, asked the members of the Commission on Security and Drug Trafficking (Comisión de Seguridad y Narcotráfico, in Spanish) the prohibit two people traveling on the same motorcycle. That is one of six suggestions...

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