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Costa Rican president

Senator to criticize progress of Shannon Martin case

July 12, 2001

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U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., will tell Costa Rica's president today that he is disappointed with the slow progress the country's police are making in the Shannon Martin case.

"We'll be talking about several issues," Brownback said. "One will be Shannon Martin and our disappointment in the slow way that the case has been handled as far as finding the perpetrators of this awful crime."

Brownback said the meeting with President Miguel Angel Rodriguez was initially arranged to discuss carbon sequestration, but that the foreign leader has since been alerted the Martin case also will come up in the Washington, D.C., meeting.

Carbon sequestration refers to methods for limiting carbon dioxide pollution and is a response to increased greenhouse gases thought to cause global warming.

Martin, 23, was murdered in May in Golfito, Costa Rica, while there completing biological research. She was a Kansas University student days from graduation when she was stabbed to death after leaving a nightspot.

Brownback said the best thing U.S. officials and others can do to speed up the Costa Rican investigation is to maintain pressure on Costa Rican leaders.

"The biggest thing we can do is press them as this stays unresolved," he said. "Let them know this sends a big signal about how our students will be treated in Costa Rica and they should be concerned about how this looks very badly for them."

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