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Dominican Republic’s top prosecutor names 6 judges in ‘mafia’

Santo Domingo.- Dominican Republic´s Justice minister on Monday rocked the country´s judiciary, accusing six National District and Santo Domingo province judges, including one who resigned from the Judiciary last week, of running an internal structure which manipulates processes and negotiate the release of individuals linked to organized crime, mostly drug trafficking, money laundering and corruption.

Francisco Dominguez Brito, in a missive to Judicial Council president Mariano German, who is also Supreme Court chief justice, requested an investigation into the alleged structure formed by judges, employees, former judges, lawyers and individuals.

The official said the structure is headed by Francisco Arias Valera, who resigned as member of the Supreme Judicial Council and former Santo Domingo province 4th Instruction Court judge; National District 4th Criminal Chamber judge Awilda Reyes Beltre; National District 1st Appellate Court judge Delio Germán; Santo Domingo province 5th Instruction Court judge Jose Dionisio Duvergé Mejia; Santo Domingo province Criminal Chamber Appellate Court judge Rosó Vallejo Espinosa, and Victor Mejia Lebron also a judge in that district.

According to Dominguez these judges have committed serious irregularities and inconsistencies in the processes and in rulings handed down in several cases, “all o them regarding the use of their position to obtain illicit wealth,” from illegal sources.

Arias Valera had resigned as member of the Supreme Judicial Council on Thursday, and his status as Santo Domingo province 4th Instruction Court judge.

Source: DT

Nov 16, 2015

Category: DR News |

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