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US instructors train officials from Limon in Judicial Techniques

Central American Regional Security Initiaitive

Limón, October 1, 2012
Andrew Díaz, former FBI Special Agent, shows his presentation during the workshop (State Department)

Andrew Díaz, former FBI Special Agent, shows his presentation during the workshop

From October 1st to 5th, experts from the Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) of the US Treasury Department led a training course in Guapiles, Limon on criminal investigation and judicial techniques.  The training was financed by CARSI (the Central American Regional Security Initiaitive).

The training was designed for judges, police, prosecutors, and investigators from OIJ during which the participants led a simulated investigation and trial on corruption and money laundering.  Objectives include to give these officials the tools and training they need to combat corruption and organized crime. In the same way, it provides prosecutors with an opportunity to practice techniques they will need at trial, in order to obtain guilty verdicts.

The course was led by advisors from the OTA, including assistant district attorney Consuelo Fernandez, former FBI special agent Andrew Diaz, and Daniel Zambrano, resident advisor for the OTA in Costa Rica and former federal prosecutor.