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Sexual abuse allegations against former Costa Rican President Óscar Arias are being withdrawn

September 8, 2020

The two women who denounced former Costa Rican President Óscar Arias for alleged sexual abuse have withdrawn the claims, and prosecutors plan to request the case file in the coming days.

Public complaints against the former president began in 2019, but only two reached the court because the rest of the allegations had prescribed. The cases of a doctor who accused Arias of attacking her when she came to him for assistance in 2014 and a former Miss Costa Rica allegedly assaulted in 2015 continued.

Attorney General Emilia Navas has confirmed in statements to Columbia radio that the only two applicants “made the decision not to continue the process because it is painful and difficult”. “The most possible thing is that a dismissal will be requested because we already lack the evidence to accuse,” he said.

Sexual abuse allegations against former Costa Rican President Óscar Arias are being withdrawnSexual abuse allegations against former Costa Rican President Óscar Arias are being withdrawn

Arias, 79, held two non-consecutive terms in Costa Rica between 1986 and 1990 and between 2006 and 2010. In 1987 he received the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end several wars in countries in the region.

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