[donate]On Friday, September 4th as he was checking-in for his flight to return home to Key West, agents of the Judicial Police in Costa Rica arrested David Strecker. Dave, who is a United States citizen and 65 year old construction worker is charged with breaking a vague and untested Costa Rican law, for posting information on the Internet about his experiences in Costa Rica.
Because he is a United States citizen, a foreigner in Costa Rica a judge has denied bail. When Dave was first arrested he spent the weekend in a jail cell with 12 other men and a backed up toilet. The same jail cell is only designed for holding 4 people.
Without bail or a trial, Dave has since been transferred to prison. According to the United States Department of State that same prison holds over 1,159, prisoners in unsanitary conditions. The prison facility was designed to hold just 664 men.
Dave needs your help. Good criminal defense attorneys in Costa Rica are hard to find, and substantially more expensive than in the United States. As a foreigner he may not be treated fairly.
At this time, it is unclear how long Dave Strecker will remain in prison without trial. Since this is the first time that the law has ever been tested, he could be looking at a long and high profile, political case.
Because he is a United States citizen, a judge has insisted on holding him in prison, even through if convicted the penalty is 4 years imprisonment. He could easily spend 4 years waiting for a trial that may never come.
For those of you who know Dave, he is a good guy. So, do what you can to help and spread the word so other can contribute. I know he will be very grateful for your support.
[donate]100 percent of the money collected will go to his defense and hopefully his release.