The Fiscalía General (Prosecutor General’s Office) accused former President Óscar Arias Sánchez (1986-1990 and 2006-2010) of the alleged crime of malfeasance in the so-called ‘Crucitas’ case, a gold mine permitted during his second administration.
Oscar Arias arriving at the Fiscalia. Photo Crhoy.com
Authorities say Arias in 2008 signed a decree that cleared the way for the Crucitas gold mine by the Canadian company Infinito Gold Mining, in Cutris de San Carlos, as of national convenience, in spite of a moratorium on gold mining put in place by the government of his predecessor Abel Pacheco (2002-2006).
The accusation was formally made on Wednesday.
The mine never advanced beyond site clearing, but protected trees were cut. Later a Costa Rican court found that the permits for the mine were illegally granted