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Thursday July 17, 2014

Costa Rican Police Release 4 Nicaraguans Suspected of Raping U.S. Tourist

Costa Rican Police Release 4 Nicaraguans Suspected of Raping U.S. Tourist

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Four Nicaraguans suspected of raping a U.S. tourist in northern Costa Rica were released Wednesday after the 19-year-old victim declined to witness a lineup, authorities said Wednesday.

“The young woman was spoken to. The U.S. Embassy, our victims and witness people tried to help her, but she refused (to view the lineup). What’s certain is that we can’t keep the people in custody without any proof,” the head of the OIJ investigative agency, Francisco Segura, told a press conference.

According to the U.S. tourist’s version, about midnight last Sunday she was walking back to her hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos when she was approached by several men who took her by force to a house and raped her.

The young woman, whose identity has not been revealed, is from Wisconsin and is part of a group of U.S. students who arrived in Costa Rica last week to get to know the country.

Authorities said the case remains open, but they have little evidence that would allow them to continue with the investigation, in which the identification of the attackers by the victim is a crucial element.

“Many rapes are not reported and we don’t know about them. Others are reported and are thrown out because the woman doesn’t want to re-victimize herself. Pure and simple, the victim opts to distance herself from the matter,” Segura said.

Authorities said that the victim remains in the country, although she could return to the United States in the next few days.

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