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Loan Sharking Grows in Costa Rica by Piggybacking on Drug Trafficking

(Insightcrime.org) Costa Rica’s economic crisis and its strategic position along drug trafficking routes have created the perfect storm for a new type of extortion to take root: loan sharking. Referred to as “gota a gota” (drop by drop) in much of Latin America, loan sharking...

Accountant for the Akl brothers criminal organization arrested on his return to Costa Rica

One brother dead, the other sentenced and now the accountant in police custody is the continuing story of the AKL crime organization that made the headlines with the ambush murder of Elías Akl on May 15, 2017. Later that same day, brother Ziad was detained...

Akl Trial Winding Down

The Canadian of Lebanese origin, Ziad Akl, may be spending the next 35 years in a Costa Rican prison if found guilty for perpetrating a series of extortions between 2016 and 2017. That is the request made by the Ministerio Público (Public Prosecutor's office) during...

Ziad Akl Admitted To Brutal Punishments Against Debtors Of His Loan Shark Business

Ziad Akl, the 45-year-old Canadian-Lebanese, who with his brother Elias formed one of the most vicious loan shark operations in the country, accepted the charges against him and agreed to an abbreviated process that could see the 23-year prison sentence confirmed by the Pavas...

Intelligence Service Had Recommended The Expulsion Of The Lebanese Brothers From Costa Rica

Q COSTA RICA - The two Lebanese brothers, who on Monday one was shot and killed by assassins and the other caught fleeing the country, were known to Costa Rican authorities, so says the head of the country's intelligence, the Dirección de Inteligencia y...

Young Boy Hurt In Monday’s Shootout Out Of Danger

The Hospital Nacional de Niños (Children's Hospital) in San Jose said on Tuesday the six-year-old boy, whose identity is not being released to the public, hit by a stray bullet and then run over by the vehicle, is out of danger. Olga Arguedas, director of...

Man Killed In Monday Morning Shootout in Escazu Was Wanted In Canada

Q COSTA RICA - It was 7:20am, two men outside the Mountview private school in Guachipelin de Escazu, dressed in tracksuits are exercising, two vehicles approach the school, a typical morning school drop-off. As the lead vehicle, a Toyota Lexus, driven by Elias Akl, 44,...

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