Costa Rica finds FARC funds

Miami Herald:

Tipped by the Colombian military, Costa Rican authorities found almost $500,000 believed to belong to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in an old safe in a house near the Costa Rican capital of San José.

A Colombian judiciary source told El Nuevo Herald that information found in a FARC computer seized by the military in a raid to a jungle camp led to the discovery of the money in a house occupied since 1985 by a retired teacher and his wife.

The source said the discovery indicates that Costa Rica is still a strategic country for the rebels, who in 2001 tried to open a regional office in San José after their Mexico City base was shut down by the government.

In a computer belonging to late FARC leader Raúl Reyes, Colombian police investigators found the name of Costa Rican teacher Francisco Gutiérrez Pérez, the amount of money -- $480,000 -- he was supposed to be holding for the FARC and the address of the house.

Costa Rican authorities raided the house on Friday and found the money, the Colombian government confirmed. Gutiérrez Pérez and his wife, Cruz Prado Rojas, were not home.


The laptop fallout continues. No wonder Chavez was so upset.

In another article the Herald has a story suggesting that Venezuela is attempting to undermine the government of Peru. I wonder if Chavez is computer literate?


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