Costa Rica grants asylum to Nicaraguan human rights activist

October 11, 2018 4:09 AM

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SAN JOSE (Reuters) - The Costa Rican government gave political asylum to Nicaraguan human rights activist Alvaro Leiva, months after he fled his country due to death threats, Costa Rica’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

Leiva’s case marks the first time Costa Rica has granted such protections to a Nicaraguan citizen since political turmoil and civil unrest grew increasingly deadly in the neighboring Central American country.

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