Dominican taxpayers pay crooked cops’ pensions
Santo Domingo.- In yet another example of Dominican Republic’s rampant impunity, the government on Tuesday announced the “forced retirement” of former Police Narcotics Div. (Dican) director Col. Carlos Fernández Valerio, charged with stealing 950 kilos of cocaine, who will now enjoy the money from the very taxpayers betrayed by his criminal actions
Police chief Manuel Castro said Fernandez, being held at Najayo Prison pending trial, has been retired with pension, for his years of service.
He said also forced to retire was Police Maj. Ruddy José Japa, also charged in the Dican case, but acquitted by a National District court.
Among those being held in connection with the case of the drug seized in Santo Domingo Este also figure Dican operations chief Lt. Col. Feliz Humberto Paulino; Assistant DAs Máximo Díaz and Ramón Veras; Maj. Luciano Gómez, Lt. Bárbaro Torres, Sgt.Pedro José Almánzar and Corp. Agapito Muñoz.
March 4, 2015
Update: Fadul and Police chief on why Dican officers were granted pensions
The Minister of Interior and Police and the National Police Chief have confirmed that the pension granted to the former director of the National Police’s Central Anti-Narcotics Directorate (Dican), who is accused of stealing 950 kg of cocaine along with other officers linked to the case, is legal. Minister Jose Ramon Fadul and Major General Manuel Castro Castillo said that it is mandated in the Police Law.
According to the law, a senior officer who has been in service for more than 20 years is granted a pension and other benefits, even after having committed a criminal infraction.
According to media reports today, Thursday 5 March 2015, the police chief said that they have asked the legislators to eliminate this “distortion” in the bill for this law, which is currently being reviewed in Congress.
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