Organized Crime and Capital Growth

In criminal proceedings declared as special because of their delinquent nature, such as organized crime in Costa Rica, demands can be made, by civil means, for explanations of capital increases on the part of natural or legal persons who may lose them if they are not able to prove the legality of their origin.

Thursday, February 25, 2016


In Costa Rica Law 8754 Against Organized Crime was approved by the Legislature and promulgated by the Executive Branch in July 2009, but since May 2013, application of Articles 20, 21 and 22 have been suspended while a query was resolved with the supreme court on its possible unconstitutionality.

Now, a judgment emitted from that court has decreed "...The rules that were challenged do not violate the provisions of Articles 28 and 49 of the Constitution or the principles of innocence, in dubio pro reo, legitimacy of the trial judge's impartiality, intimation, technical defense, legality, criminality, property rights , abstention rights or due process (...), it also states that in the confiscation without criminal conviction or forfeiture, each party is required to substantiate the arguments supporting their position. "

See "Law 8754 Against Organized Crime" (in spanish).

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