‘Bribe receipt’ stokes Dominican Republic judicial crisis
Santo Domingo.- NCDN news director Nuria Piera on Friday disclosed a copy of a receipt in which suspended judge Awilda Reyes returns 350,000 pesos as an alleged bribe to release a councilman indicted for several murders-for-hire.
According to the document, Reyes had received money from former Judicial Council member Francisco Arias, in exchange to release Pedro Brand councilman Erickson de los Santos.
The signatures of both Reyes as Arias figure on the receipt dated Nov. 2 that reads: “I Awilda Reyes Beltre, judge of the Fourth Division of the Chamber of the Court of First Instance of the National District, give the Director Francisco Arias Valera, a total of 275 bills of 2,000 pesos for a total of 350,000 pesos, money that he gave me said counsicl member, as an advance to release the councilman of Pedro Brand, Erickson de los Santos Solis, alias Ney, municipality of Santo Domingo West.”
Piera said the return of the money occurred in the presence of Supreme Court chief justice Mariano Germán.
Arias, a former judge, had challenged the evidence presented as the alleged bribe and the charges against him, a case which his lawyer called “a struggle for power.”
Nov 27, 2015
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