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  • Extradition Papers Presented for Accused Nazi Helper in Costa Rica

    After years of effort, extradition papers have been presented for an accused Nazi collaborator living in Costa Rica. Poland’s ambassador to Costa Rica, Richard Sthneps, formally presented Costa Rican Foreign Minister Enrique Tovar with extradition papers late last Friday for Bohdan Koziy, a Ukrainian who has lived in Costa Rica since 1987. Koziy was indicted… More ▸

  • For Accused Collaborator, Stay in Costa Rica May Be Ending Soon

    Costa Rican authorities are awaiting the arrival of an extradition request for an accused Nazi collaborator who was indicted on war crimes charges this week. Bohdan Koziy, a Ukrainian national who has lived in Costa Rica since 1987, was indicted this week by a court in Katowice, Poland, at the request of prosecutor Ewa Koj,… More ▸

  • Alleged Nazi Criminal May No Longer Be Cozy in Costa Rica

    An accused Nazi war criminal who has been living here for nearly two decades may soon be extradited to Poland. Officials of the Polish Embassy here say that in the coming days they will seek the extradition of Bohdan Koziy. The diplomats said they are waiting for the arrival of paperwork from Poland’s Institute of… More ▸

  • U.S. Jews Show Support for Costa Rica, El Salvador

    Costa Rica and El Salvador may not be feeling lonely these days thanks to heavy tourism, but visits like the one this week from the leadership of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations are still welcome. Of course, unlike other visitors, the six-person delegation had an unusual purpose: to show appreciation for… More ▸

  • Talks with Arafat Tied to Bid by Costa Rica for U.N. Council

    A recent meeting between Costa Rica’s ambassador to Israel and Palestinian Authority leader Yasser Arafat may have as much to do with the United Nations as aiding the Palestinians. The Aug. 4 meeting in Jericho was the first high-level meeting between a representative of the pro-Israel Central American country and a Palestinian leader. Costa Rican… More ▸

  • Costa Rica Denies Report on Moving Embassy in Israel

    Costa Rican Foreign Minister Fernando Naranjo this week dismissed a published report that his country plans to move its embassy in Israel out of Jerusalem. “We are not thinking of changing its site,” Naranjo said Monday. “It stays in Jerusalem.” Last week, U.S. News & World Report said Costa Rica would pull its embassy out… More ▸

  • Israeli Legislators Implore Costa Rica to Deport Koziy

    Calling his presence here a “travesty of justice,” 72 members of the Israeli Knesset have called on Costa Rica to expel accused war criminal Bodhan Koziy. Joining in a campaign launched earlier this year by the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem, members of every party in the Knesset except the Arab Democratic Party singed a… More ▸

  • Israel Puzzled by Costa Rica’s Vote on U.N. Lebanon Resolution

    Israel diplomats here have voiced concern about this Central American country’s decision to approve a recent U.N. vote that criticized Israel’s 16-day shelling campaign in Lebanon. But even as the diplomats were questioning the Costa Rican vote – its first- ever condemnation of Israel in a U.N. resolution – the government of Costa Rica made… More ▸

  • Yet Again, Costa Rica Implored to Expel Accused War Criminal

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem has formally asked the government of Costa Rica to expel and accused war criminal. The presence of Bodhan Koziy, 73, a Ukrainian police official during World War II, “brings shame on Costa Rica,” Efraim Zuroff, director of the center’s Israel office, said in a recent letter to Juan Diego… More ▸

  • Hand-delivered Letter Urges Costa Rica to Expel Accused Nazi

    A U.S. representative has personally delivered a letter signed by some 60 other congressmen to the president of Costa Rica, demanding that an accused Nazi war criminal be extradited to Ukraine. Bodhan Koziy, who apparently has been living in a suburb of the capital city of San Jose for the last decade, was a Ukrainian… More ▸