Felix Bautista defends himself in court
Attorney General Francisco Dominguez Brito and the Senator for San Juan de la Maguana, Felix Bautista clashed yesterday, Wednesday 25 February 2015 during the preliminary trial for alleged corruption and money laundering against the legislator and another six defendants. In the morning, Bautista interrupted the Attorney General’s address, defiantly calling him irresponsible. During the afternoon session he defended himself against the accusation, calling it slanderous and arbitrary and describing it as an abuse of power. This was completely out of the normal in a pre-trial hearing, but Bautista was not cut short by the presiding judge.
“This accusation is a text taken out of context… for the highest form of slander, capriciousness and abuse of power.” He cited the Sun Land Case as an example, saying it was the same as the Imperial Hemisphere Consortium and accused the Justice Department of disguising it in order to give the impression that these were two different cases. He said that “a gross double jeopardy” was being exercised against him, since he insists that they are dealing with the same incidents that were dismissed in a Supreme Court decree. He also denied any connection with the companies that he is accused of owning. “I only appear in five of the 46 that they say are mine. It’s not true, they only want newspaper headlines.” He said that the source of Constructora Rofi’s funds, which the Justice Department attributes to illegal activities, are the result of loans from several banking entities and from projects in Haiti.
He told the court that the Justice Department had committed mathematical errors, adding repeated numbers and overvaluing prices. He said that these errors have led to an overvaluation of RD$516 million. In response to the accusation of money laundering, Bautista said that, “the slander is the size of the Supreme Court building,” stating that the Attorney General had included State bank accounts belonging to the Office of Supervising Engineers of State Projects (OISOE) in the accusation. He said that they had included bank transfers from Haiti to the Dominican Republic used to purchase construction materials as part of an alleged money-laundering network. He added that his companies, Inmobiliaria Rofi, Constructora Rofi, Constructora Hadom (formed in Haiti), and Seymeh Engineering have paid RD$54.7 million in taxes in the Dominican Republic.
Source: DR1, Acento
February 26, 2015
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