Coercive measures to be heard today on robbery by Customs employees
SANTIAGO. A judge of the Court of Permanent Attention in the Senate the Santiago Judicial District will hear, today, Wednesday, the coercive measures against eight employees of the Directorate General of Customs (DGA) based in Santiago, and accused of the theft of millions at the Cibao International Airport.
The Justice Department and the DGA accuse Domingo Antonio Pilarte Jiménez, a capitan of the Dominican Army; Marcos Daniel Felipe González; Mairelin Rodríguez Batista; Leovigildo Ubiera Paulino; Nery del Carmen Correa Correa; Benito Henríquez Tejada; Luz Carlina Infante Fermín, and Ramón Hipólito Henríquez Tejada of trafficking and theft of hard currency, that they went through a suitcase belonging to passenger Osairy Mercedes Quezada, who entered the country through this air terminal (Cibao International) last 29 June with an undetermined amount of dollars in cash.
Of the money which was taken they have only recovered some US$136,557, reported the DGA in a press release.
In spite of the fact that the case occurred last month, it was on 9 July that Customs filed a complaint against Osairy Mercedes Quezada.
The lawyers for the defendants complained that their clients had their rights violated after saying that they had been physically abused during the interrogation process.
“Our client was mistreated, he was beaten, and this on top of an operation which he had,” complained Santo Willie Liriano, the lawyer for Ramon Hipolito Henriquez Tejada.
The lawyers assured reporters, by means of a document stamped by Customs, that the defendants complied with the procedures required by the Law with relation to the seizure of a suitcase full of money.
The defendants are being held at the San Luis Fort, on Del Sol Street, in the Historical Center of Santiago, at the Central Cibao Regional Command of the National Police and at the holding cells of the District Attorney of Santiago.
It is not known at what time the defendants will hear the course of measures.
The District Attorney of Santiago, magistrate Luisa Liranzo reported that investigations regarding this case are continuing.
July 15, 2015
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