The Spanish authorities collaborated this Friday in the arrest of three people in the municipality of Zaragoza, linked to the kidnapping of an American businessman that occurred on the previous September 24 in Granadilla Costa Rica.
Walter Espinoza, director of the Judicial Investigation Agency (OIJ, Costa Rica), reported that the detainees in Spain are the three leaders of the kidnapping and will be transferred to Costa Rica to face justice.
"The raids are carried out with a kidnapping investigation that we have maintained since September 25, extortion calls and with the payment of an important sum to try to obtain their release.
Neither the police nor their family have data related to the whereabouts of William Craton, "he explained. Subjects to the kidnapping of an American missing since September fall.
According to Espinoza, the Office of the Prosecutor made a decision with the Civil Guard of Spain to secure the arrest of those who planned and executed the kidnapping of the man, of whom there is no information.
"We are pleased with the collaboration of the Spanish Civil Guard, which has been collaborating with the OIJ for about 1 month, which has committed to the investigation of the kidnapping and has done an excellent job," he said.
The director of the entity gave details of the way in which the suspects acted.
"There was a payment in virtual money that is known as bitcoins. That payment was made through 3 virtual wallets.
The OIJ with its experts managed to establish that one of the members of the organization had access to one of those wallets and had connected through an IP located in their home, which means that we have advanced from a technological point of view, "he quoted .
In addition to the leaders, in Costa Rica, 9 people were arrested who were linked to the case and who live in Cartago, La Unión, Guadalupe, Santo Domingo de Heredia, Siquirres, Limón, among other areas.