Saturday, February 23, 2008

Former president Jose Maria Figueres now a citizen of Spain

Former Costa Rican president, Jose Maria Figueres Olsen (1994-1998), was granted citizenship by Spain, a member of the European Union, according to a statement by the Consejo de Ministros de EspaƱa (Spain's Ministers Council). Figueres was granted citizenship on Friday, February 22.

With the Spanish citizenship, Figueres is now a Costa Rican, Spanish and Swiss national, who earlier this week said that he would be coming to Costa Rica, perhaps in June, to attend to family matters.

Figueres was wanted for questioning by a legislative committee into his admitted receiving payment of us$900.000 from the French telecommunications firm, Alcatel, which was embroiled in a pay off scandal that has involved former president Miguel Angel Rodriguez (1998-2002) and several top level government and Alcatel officials.

Figueres was never indicted and admitted receiving the payment for consulting fees, payment that was received well after he left the presidency.

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