175. Telegram 1621 From the Embassy in Costa Rica to the Department of State1 2

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1. President Figueres informed me that the higher-ups in his government have been very much concerned about the threats of kidnapping and murders directed at members of the government and members of the diplomatic corps. He thinks there is probably some exaggeration and some cranks, but, nevertheless, it is a very serious threat, as long as Carlos Fonseca Amador is a prisoner in Costa Rica. They could not by any legal means deport him. With agreement of the Supreme Court justices, within the next three or four days, he will be allowed to “escape” to Spain.

2. The Nicaraguan Government has been made aware of this. The Nicaraguan Government has interposed no objection to this procedure.

  1. Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1970–73, POL 23–8 COSTA RICA. Secret. It was repeated to Managua, Madrid, and USCINCSO for POLAD.
  2. Ambassador Ploeser noted that President Figueres informed the Embassy that his government was considering a plan to allow Sandinista captive Carlos Fonseca Amador to escape to Spain. According to the Embassy, the Nicaraguan Government was aware of the plan and had no objections.