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Dominican judges have formed a ‘cartel’

Santo Domingo.- National District prosecutor Yeni Berenice Reynoso on Tuesday said the alleged network of judges who hand down rulings for pay a “cartel,” which also operates in the Administrative & Real Estate jurisdictions and not just in the criminal courts.

“This is not a matter of Awilda, it´s a cartel that involves many issues and far beyond the criminal jurisdiction. Beyond that there are other jurisdictions that are virtually unchanged or much worse than what is occurring in criminal jurisdiction,” the prosecutor said in reference to suspended judge Awilda Reyes, who´s at the center of the scandal.

He said the Administrative and Real Estate jurisdictions have many problems of transparency.

Reynoso rebuffed notions that Dominican Republic´s judiciary is currently at its best as some sectors and judges affirm, noting that when the rulings by some judges are analyzed, “we see no correlation between corruption or major cases of organized crime and punishment. I do not think justice is at its best, neither in the administrative nor in the judicial order, justice is far from being at its best.”

The official said stricter administrative controls are needed for a greater performance among all the actors in the system which in her view, lacks transparency. ”

“What´s needed is not only judges and prosecutors, and that justice should be justice of fairness and not just for the poor, for organized crime, it should be justice for all, for the rich, politician and for a complex case; the jails shouldn’t be full not only with poor people or people who commit ordinary cases,” she said.

Judge denies crisis

Supreme Court justice Frank Soto affirmed Tuesday that the Awilda Reyes scandal has helped form a stronger judicial system. “There is no crisis.”

Source: DT

Dec 9, 2015

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