David Cosca Restrepo
A suspended Catholic priest used room 47 (known to users as ‘the office’) at the El Panama Hotel for trysts said a witness at the imputation hearing of Father David Cosca Restrepo
The priest faces charges of concealment in the investigation of the death of Eduardo Calderón Ramos on July 7, 2018, in room 47.
The packed courtroom included parishioners who have started a prayer chain for Cosca who sat next to his lawyer Javier Quintero
the Superior Homicide Prosecutor, Emeldo Márquez Pittí, in charge of the investigation into the death detailed the elements of the investigation. that followed the death of Calderón Ramos.
It was clear that Cosca reserved room 47 at the hotel, where he was well known, with his personal visa card. Minutes before 7:30 on the night of Friday, July 6, there was communication between Cosca and Hidadi Santos Saavedra, and “at this time the contact was good”.
At 7:30 Hidadi removed two keys from the hotel reception and went to room 47. At 7:33 Cosca arrived at the same room and was there until 8:30.
Prosecutor Marquez said that time they both left the room, but as seen in the hotel video each one proceeded as if they did not know each other. The blood samples collated and belonging to the victim, are acts tending to avoid the investigation hiding evidence.
According to the autopsy performed on the deceased, he died of hemorrhage and cranial trauma. His body was found in a corridor which, like room 47, had been cleaned by
At first Cosca told the detectives that he showed up at the hotel to meet with Hidadi, to do a spinal therapy in the pool, but the hotel video does not record that he was in the pool. He also had to take Hidadi’s confession in room 47.
However, a witness told investigators that what was done there was an orgy, the priest Cosca used to hold these periodic meetings with young people in hotels in the city.
Another testimony revealed that the alleged exorcist was going with Hidadi to Chepo and, while he was driving, Cosca was touching his former altar boy and drinking liquor and smoking cigarettes. Another 32 tests came to light at the hearing and it was revealed that Cosca had lost his cell phone.
Not the Church
El Siglo spoke with the seminarian Danilo Landero of the San José Major Seminary, who assured that all priests do not act in this way.
"This is not the Catholic Church, Father Cosca must face justice and we must wait for the investigation to end, in any case his behavior towards society is very bad," he said.
Cosca has denied having 7 bank accounts, “I have a foundation whose interests are for the church, for $156,000, another one for Youth Explosion and another one for an inheritance from my mother's marketing, outreach campaigns.
The accounts of the priest have not been subject to any control. The church is silent says El Siglo.