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Gustavo Pérez implicates Ronny Rodríguez in illegal wiretaps

The former National Security Council official was interviewed by prosecutors Wednesday.

Arrest orders confirmed

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Gustavo Pérez, former executive secretary of National Security Council, told prosecutors this week that former Police Deputy Commissioner Ronny Rodriguez transmitted reports of illegal wiretaps to the Presidency of the Republic.

A judicial source confirmed that Pérez, who was interviewed Wednesday, said Rodriguez was the link between the council and the executive. Pérez also denied participating in any kind of illegal wiretaps, and was only involved in the signing of documents.

Ronny Rodríguez and William Pittí, who also worked at the National Security Council, have outstanding arrest warrants that were issued Jan. 16 related to the illegal wiretaps, which were allegedly carried out during the government of Ricardo Martinelli.

Rodriguez's whereabouts are not known. He was offered a special retirement package shortly before Martinelli left office, but that package was later rescinded.

Arrest orders confirmed

Prosecutors have confirmed that arrest warrants were issued for former security officials Ronny Rodriguez and William Pittí for their alleged roles in illegal wiretaps carried out under the previous government.

Both men are fugitives.

A judicial source confirmed yesterday that the case has been assigned to the Organized Crime Office.

Rodriguez and Pitti are believed to be the persons responsible for the wiretaps, which targeted 150 people, including opposition politicians, judges and union leaders.

Judicial sources indicated that information was sought from Costa Rica, since it is believed that one of them is in that country.

Former National Security Council executive secretaries Alejandro Garúz and Gustavo Pérez are already in custody in the case.

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