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Taiwan firm paid ex-Costa Rica president Rodríguez, trial witness says

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A Taiwan company in 1999 paid then president Miguel Angel Rodríguez $1.4 million to get a foothold in Costa Rica, a witness said in the corruption trial of the former leader.

Rafael Sequiera Garza, who managed several of Rodríguez's companies when he was president (1998-2003), said the money was deposited in a Panama bank account of one of those firms, Inversiones Denisse.

He said the payment came from Taiwan's Friendship Company, adding that the $1.4 million, in the end, was used to develop company projects in Costa Rica.

Original source: AFP