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Yearbook 2009

Costa Rica. In early October, an ex-president was sentenced to prison for corruption for the first time in Costa Rica. It was Rafael Calderón, President 1990-94, who, after ten months of trial, was sentenced to five years in prison for forfeiting $ 520,000 of his own, which was part of a loan from the Finnish government for the purchase of medical equipment, and placed on a bank account in Panama. In connection with the verdict, Calderón announced that he was abandoning his plans to run in the February 2010 presidential elections.

2009 Costa Rica

According to countryaah, two other presidents, Miguel Ángel Rodríguez (1998–2002) and José María Figueres (1994–98), have been charged with embezzlement of a total of $ 2.8 million. The incumbent President, Oscar Arias Sánchez, presented several measures during the year to dampen the effects of the global financial crisis in Costa Rica, which has one of the most vital economies in the region.

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