First court conviction for environmental contamination
The First Collegiate Court of Santo Domingo handed down a three-year prison sentence for the owners of an automotive repair shop that had been operating illegally on a public road. The convictions set a precedent in the judiciary for air and noise pollution.
The offenders, Juan Bautista Fernandez Volquez and Doganis Fernandez Nunez, were also sentenced to pay the equivalent of 100 minimum wages to the Dominican government and RD$600,000 in compensation to those who presented the legal case for the closing of the repair shop. The operation of the illegal repair shop had been a nuisance for area residents who claimed that the acrid smell of automotive paint and constant noise affected the quality of life in the neighborhood.
The Prosecutor of the province of Santo Domingo, Dina Olga Llaverias explained the ruling sets a judicial precedent in the country regarding cases of air pollution.
She said: “This conviction sends a message to those who are contaminating or ruining the environment. They are alerted they may be tried and made to pay for ecological crimes.”
Juan Bautista Fernandez Volquez and Doganis Fernandez Nunez were accused of violating Arts. 44, 66, and 67 of the Dominican Constitution. Likewise, the prosecutor cited violations of Arts. 5, 85, 115, 174 and 175 of Environment Law 64-00. Also Arts. 29, 51, 53 and 59 of the General Health Law and Arts. 2, 5 and 6 of Law 287-04 on Prevention, Suppression of and Limits to Damaging Noise were cited.
August 18, 2015
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