Mexico: Suspect in Costa Rica Kidnapping Has Left Country
MEXICO CITY (AP) _ A man who kidnapped a Costa Rican government minister, flew with him to Honduras and then flew on to Mexico, has slipped out of the country, the Mexican government announced Friday.
Orlando Ordonez Betancourt seized Luis Fishman, Costa Rica’s minister of public security, at a meeting in the Costa Rican capital of San Jose on Sept. 23. At gunpoint, Ordonez ordered Fishman and a Honduran bishop and police official who were at the meeting to accompany him to the airport.
Authorities say Ordonez forced the three hostages to fly to Honduras, where they were exchanged the next day for three priests. Authorities said Ordonez flew to Mexico with the priests, who later were freed.
Mexican authorities picked Ordonez up at the airport in Mexico City, and later said they had refused his request for political asylum.
In the meantime, Costa Rica sought his extradition for the kidnapping.
The Foreign Ministry statement Friday did not elaborate on where Ordonez had gone or how he had managed to get away.
Fishman said the meeting Sept. 23 was his fourth with Ordonez. He said Ordonez claimed to be a former Honduran rebel who had sought Fishman’s help in trying to win safe passage for two exiled rebels who wished to return to Honduras.