Saturday 19 June 2021

Family Struggles For Extradition Of Condemned Tico In The United States

The first request was denied in 2014, now waiting on the latest request while 90-year-old mother daily awaits the visit of her son

Image for illustrative purposes

“She is almost 90. Her health is failing, all she is asks is for my brother (Gonzalo Gutiérrez),” says Lorena Gutiérrez, the sister of Gonzalo who sits in a U.S. jail, in Petersburg, Virginia.

Gonzalo, in 2007, was sentenced to 20 years in jail for child pornography and misuse of a diplomatic passport.

- Advertisement -

Lorena told Katherine Chaves of La Nacion, how her mother, daily readies herself for the visit that never arrives. “At the end of the day, she realizes that this long-awaited moment did not come. And so the weeks, months and years pass,” says Lorena.

Gonzalo had been a Costa Rican diplomat assigned to Brazil and The Congo. His family’s attempt to repatriate him have failed, their first attempt was in 2014.

This past July, the family once again petitioned the Ministerio de Justicia y Paz (the ministry that operates the country’s prison system), to convince U.S. authorities to have Gonzalo finish out his sentence in Costa Rica, where he could be close to family.

“We’re waiting to see what happens this time. We are very hopeful. This situation not only hits my brother but also hits the whole family. We all feel locked up in that prison with him. We feel we are serving his sentence, without even being able to see him,” she said.

- Advertisement -

For his part, Wálter Corea, from the Justicia’s Transfer Unit, confirmed that on September 5, a request was made to the U.S. Department of Justice to reopen the case, with the possibility of extraditing him.

“At the moment, that is all that we can do: ask to be opened again. But the decision is of that country, so we must wait for a new response to our request,” said the official.

Corea emphasizes that the United States is not required to respond to the request within a specified time.

Gonzalo’s request is only one of the 45 requests many by Jusitica to different countries requesting the repatriation of Costa Ricans in various prisons around the world.

According to Corea, in 2014 the U.S. rejected the request and without giving reasons. “They are not required to say why we only know their answer was negative,” said Corea.

He added that, after their response, Costa Rican authorities cannot make a similar request for at least another two years.

- Advertisement -

Lorena said the (U.S.) answer “was terrible. We were hopeful. We knew that he met the requirements, but we do not know what happened (…),”

- Advertisement -

We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

"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

First Costa Rican vaccinated against covid-19 in the US: ‘I did it and I feel good’

QCOSTARICA - Carlos Abarca is the first Costa Rican who received...

Tico produces new tequila with Tesla and the product sells like hot cakes

QCOSTARICA - It took just a few hours for all the...


OIJ investigation into road works corruption leads to inquiries in Panama

QCOSTARICA - The prestige of the company of some of the richest men in Costa Rica hangs by a thread. For many, the MECO...

The Best Sports To Play On A Beach

Costa Rica has some of the best beaches in the world. The coastline is blessed with golden sand, beautiful palm trees, and perfect blue...

Tourism sector depends on political will for recovery

QCOSTARICA - The future of tourism operators in Costa Rica depends on the political will to approve a package of bills that favors the...

Tourism’s path to recovery

QREPORTS - A new travel trends research paper released today by Tripadvisor®, the world's largest travel guidance platform, reveals that vaccine rollouts globally are...

Central America is back in the news for the wrong reasons, Costa Rica is once again the exception

QCOSTARICA - Osta Rica has been the epicenter of regional diplomacy in recent days. The successive visits of the Secretary of State of the...

Fifth tropical wave precipitation will be heavier in the north of the country

QCOSTARICA - For this Wednesday, the arrival of the fifth tropical wave of the season is expected, thus reinforcing the rainy activity mainly to...

COVID vaccines in the workplace: Can I ask who got their shots?

(DW) Jon works for the local government in the US state of Virginia. The 40-year-old received both his COVID shots in April. Most of...

American woman found lifeless in hotel bathroom in Sabana

QCOSTARICA - A sad discovery occurred this Thursday morning in a hotel located in La Sabana, in San José, the lifeless body of a...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 17: 7 & 8 CANNOT circulate

Today, Thursday, June 17, vehicles with plates ending 7 & 8 CANNOT circulate The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm,...


Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.