Thursday 9 February 2023

‘Cochinilla’, the case that keeps on dragging

Paying the bills


Chaves on the Chinese balloon: “We hope it does not happen again”

QCOSTARICA - President, Rodrigo Chaves, reacted this Tuesday to...

Dollar exchange rose again this week

QCOSTARICA - To the relief of many, and not...

US announces more security support for Costa Rica for the fight against drugs

QCOSTARICA - The United States announced on Tuesday the...

China says Latin American countries ‘understand’ ‘spy balloon’ situation

Q REPORTS (EFE) The Chinese government affirmed that the...

These are the new reforms of the Simplified Tax Regime in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - On March 1, 2023, the new reforms...

El Salvador has the lowest homicide rate in all of the Americas, even below Canada?

Q24N (EFE) The President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele,...

China apologizes to Costa Rica for balloon flyover

QCOSTARICA - You have most likely heard about the...

Dollar Exchange

¢577.12 Buy

¢586.15 Sell

8 February 2023 - At The Banks - BCCR

Paying the bills


QCOSTARICA – The Fiscalía Anticorrupción  (Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office) requested to extend the preventive detention against businessmen Carlos Cerdas and Mélida Solís, owners of MECO and H. Solís respectively, for up to six more months while the ‘Cochinilla’ case of alleged corruption in public works is investigated.

Carlos Cerdas (left) and Mélida Solís (right) continue in preventive detention after their respective US$5 million and US$3 million bond were annulled. Photo: archive

This was confirmed on Monday by the Criminal Court of the Second Judicial Circuit of San José, and by the lawyers of both accused.

Read more: “Cochinilla” opens the doors for smaller companies to build public works

- Advertisement -

The custodial measure against both Cerdas and Solís expires this Saturday, March 26.

Erick Ramos, attorney for Carlos Cerdas, pointed out that his client has spent eight months in prison and the Prosecutor’s Office has not yet advanced with the interviews with witnesses.

Érick Gatgens, from the legal team of Mélida Solís, mentioned that it is not justified under any point of view to extend the preventive detention.

Both Cerdas and Solís were arrested in June last year, along with more than 30 others, including public officials are being investigated in the case for the alleged crimes of bribery, embezzlement, embezzlement, illicit association, influence peddling and ideological falsehood.

Read more: MECO and H. Solís may continue to participate in public works by Conavi

Initially, both the owner of MECO and H. Solís were able to avoid preventive detention (jail) by posting bonds or guarantees in the amount of US$5 million and US$3 million, respectively, which was later annulled by the same Criminal Court for not being proportional to the amount allegedly defrauded, according to the thesis of the Ministerio Público (Prosecutor’s Office) and the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ).

- Advertisement -

The “Cochinilla” case derives from an alleged corruption scheme, for payment of bribes to public employees of MOPT and Conavi, who received these gifts from the MECO and H. Solís construction companies, two of the largest road builders in the country.



- Advertisement -
Paying the bills
Avatar photo
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

A promise: Starting in April, drivers will connect Ruta 32 and La Uruca in just five minutes

QCOSTARICA - With the objective of removing the largest number of...

Costa Rica’s US$160mn Circunvalación Norte

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica opened part of San José’s Circunvalación Norte,...

Subscribe to our stories

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.