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Assets forfeiture law would ‘hit criminals where it hurts’

Santo Domingo.- Senators of Dominican Republic´s ruling party (PLD) on Thursday pledged to pass the bill on property forfeiture in the current legislature, to definitively strip the assets of drug traffickers.

Senate Justice Commission president Francis Vargas said it´s time for the upper chamber to approve the bill and then send it to the Chamber of Deputies, noting that the lawmakers are consulting with national lawyers to expedite the process, citing Ricardo Rojas, Manuel Ulises Bonelly, Miguel Valerio, Olivo Rodriguez and Yolanda Martinez, among other prominent attorneys.

“The timing is right to debate this project because of what´s happening in the Dominican Republic, where drug dealers come here to reclaim property, evidently illicit assets,” Vargas said.

For Santiago senator Julio Cesar Valentin, the forfeiture law piece is important since in his view, would “hit criminals where it hurts.”

“It´s imperative for this country to seek to deprive criminals of assets with illegal origin. One of this country´s problems, for example, is that a criminal is punished, convicted and then assets will appear that weren’t established in the inventory.”

Source: DT

Sep 4, 2015

Category: DR News |

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