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Dominican Republic judiciary ´on the brink of collapse

Santo Domingo.-  The Institutionalism and Justice Foundation (Finjus) warned Wednesday that Dominican Republic´s justice system is “on the brink of collapse” with the recent challenges to its authority, and in his view the most serious of the past three decades.

Finjus vice president Servio Tulio Castaños said the allegations aren’t just about the corrupt judges, but also other actors.

After meeting with the Senate Justice Commission in Congress, the prominent jurist said corruption goes beyond the five judges accused by the prosecution of selling rulings to felons. He cited as an example the statements by National District prosecutor Yeni Berenice Reynoso, implicating police officials in crimes submitted to her office.

The spokesman for the think tank also mentioned cases of killings and extortion networks operating from prisons.

“We’re probably experiencing the most serious institutional crisis which the justice system has faced in the past 30 years,” said Castaños, who also noted allegations by Francisco Matos, ruling PLD party deputy for Santiago, who on Tuesday claimed to have in his possession 112 complaints against prosecutors across the country, accused of “fabricating false files” to extort citizens.

Source: DT

Dec 2, 2015

Category: DR News |

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