Since becoming Costa Rican Attorney-General in 2003, Mr. Dall’Anese has waged campaigns against narco-trafficking and organized crime, led major investigations against corruption and helped introduce prominent legislation against organized crime.
Mr. Dall’Anese has also served as an alternate magistrate in the Supreme Court, taught criminal law at university and co-authored numerous books and articles on criminal, judicial and procedural law. In 2005 he received a prize from the National Values Commission for his work against organized crime.
The people I have spoken with this week have praised CICIG's work and admitted while imperfect, Guatemala would have been much worse without it. We also weren't convinced that CICIG had successfully dismantled any of the organized crime rings in the country. Individual successes have occurred, really important ones like the arrest of Portillo and Napoleon Rojas, his security chief who was taken into custody today, but I don't know how far CICIG's work has dismantled the hidden powers.
CICIG isn't what I am focusing on so I didn't have much more than that.
I was surprised that Dall'Anese's announcement did not come with an extension of CICIG's mandate. The mandate ends in September 2011, giving him little time remaining on the job. While the UN needed a name to fill the position, I wonder whether there was someone already working with CICIG in Guatemala who could have been promoted instead.
Here's hoping he takes the job and does remarkable work.