Scandal hits 3rd former Costa Rican leader

A scandal over contractor payments to Costa Rican officials has cast a shadow over a third former president, Jose Maria Figueres, who is now executive director of the Swiss-based World Economic Forum. In a statement issued Wednesday through his attorney, Mario Soto, Figueres acknowledged receiving $906,355.31 for consulting services to the French telecommunications company Alcatel, but he said they were legal and were made after he had left office. Full Story

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