SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (CNN) -- Former Costa Rican President Rafael Calderon was sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted of corruption during his term.
Former Costa Rican President Rafael Calderon, right, listens to his sentence on Monday in a San Jose court.
It was the first time in Costa Rica's history that a former president had been tried for corruption.
Calderon had previously stated his intention to run for the presidency again in 2010.
Calderon, who was president from 1990 to 1994, was accused of embezzling government funds from the state's social security system.
Former Costa Rican president sentenced - CNN.com
Dang..it is refreshing to see a country actually act responsibly and hold their ex-Presidents accountable for the past crimes they have committed.
I'm sure that the world will only have respect for the current Costa Rica Government for taking this criminal to task.