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  • Costa Rica Won’t Act Unilaterally Against Accused Nazi War Criminal

    Costa Rican Foreign Minister Fernando Naranjo has said his government does not intend to take unilateral action to expel accused Nazi war criminal Bohdan Koziy. A Ukrainian police official under the Nazis, Koziy immigrated to the United States following World War II and was later prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department for killing Jews in… More ▸

  • Ex-nazi Found Living in Costa Rica Despite Previous Extradition Requests

    Costa Rica’s Jewish community has located a Nazi war criminal who has been living freely in that country since fleeing the United States 10 years ago. Bohdan Koziy, a Ukrainian police official during World War II who was found to have shot and killed a 4-year-old Jewish girl at point-blank range, has been living in… More ▸

  • Koziy Sanctuary in Costa Rica

    A Ukrainian post-war emigre to the United States whose background as a Nazi collaborator was confirmed by U.S. federal court has received a temporary residency visa in Costa Rica, according to a report in the Sept. 20 edition of The Ukrainian Weekly, datelined San Jose, Costa Rica. Bohdan Koziy fled to Costa Rica from the… More ▸

  • Costa Rica’s New President Appoints Three Jews to Key Cabinet Offices

    The new President, Dr. Oscar Arias Sanchez, who takes office Thursday, has appointed three members of the Jewish community, all women, as Deputies to key Cabinet offices. They are: Ophelia Rubinstein, Housing; Sandra Pisk, Planning; and Rebecca Grynspan, Treasury. The Israeli delegation to the inauguration of Arias Sanchez is led by Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir,… More ▸

  • President of Costa Rica Gets 1985 Wjc Human Rights Award

    Luis Alberto Monge, the President of Costa Rica, was presented with the 1985 Human Rights Award of the World Jewish Congress’ Latin American branch at the National Theater here last week. He was the 19th recipient of the award, presented annually since 1966 for distinguished service in the struggle for human rights. Monge, in his… More ▸

  • Costa Rica Confirms Jerusalem Stance

    President Luis Alberto Monge of Costa Rica has affirmed his country’s “free and sovereign determination to honor Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.” Monge made that statement in a cable to Edgar Bronfman, president of the World Jewish Congress. It was in response to a cable of encouragement Bronfman sent to the Costa Rican President… More ▸

  • Costa Rica Boycotted by Arabs, Moslems

    The delegations of Arab and Moslem countries walked out of the annual conference of the International Labor Organization (ILO) here today in a gesture of protest against President Louis Alberto Monge of Costa Rica which recently moved its Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The delegates, joined by representatives of a number of… More ▸

  • Costa Rica’s President Says He Will Defy ‘Diplomatic Terrorism’ and Keep His Embassy in Jerusalem

    The President of Costa Rica declared that he would "not give in to diplomatic terrorism" and move his nation’s Israeli Embassy out of Jerusalem. Addressing the annual convention of B’nai B’rith International’s Caribbean District here, President Luis Alberto Monge said that he transferred the Costa Rican Embassy from Tel Aviv "not for military or economic… More ▸

  • Costa Rica’s President to Visit Israel

    President Luis Alberto Monge Alvarez of Costa Rica will visit Israel shortly, it was announced here today. He will arrive after the new Costa Rican Ambassador to Israel presents his credentials. Costa Rica and El Salvador announced recently that they would transfer their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. As a result, Egypt announced last… More ▸