Ex-Costa Rican president jailed for five years

April 28, 2011 05:28

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - Former Costa Rican President Miguel Angel Rodriguez was sentenced on Wednesday to five years prison in a bribery scandal at the state telecommunications company.

Rodriguez, 71, who governed Costa Rica between 1998 and 2002, was found guilty of receiving $500,000 of a total $14 million paid by French telecommunications equipment maker Alcatel to Costa Rican officials, prosecutor Criss Gonzalez said.

Rodriguez has maintained his innocence throughout the trial and said he would appeal his conviction.

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