Former Dican director owned large security company
El Dia reports that the arrested former director of the Police Anti-Narcotics Division (Dican), Colonel Carlos Fernandez Valerio owns a security company that registered assets of RD$70 million. The judge hearing the case says that Fernandez could not present proof of acceptable means for legally obtaining the company assets. Fernandez, along with other law enforcement officers, is accused of redistributing drugs seized from drug traffickers.
He was sent to a year in preventive custody at La Victoria Jail but has appealed. Santo Domingo Appeals Court judge Wendy Martinez rejected his petition on the grounds that there is evidence that the defendant has experienced an increase in wealth that he has to justify, as established by Law 72-02 on asset laundering, leaving the possibility that he is responsible for, or an accomplice to, the charges of which he is accused.
In a new development, El Caribe reports that Fernandez is being held at the San Luis Jail instead of La Victoria for what is described as “security reasons.” Judge Wendy Martinez of Santo Domingo Province Penal Appeals Court has ordered the case to be heard on 17 April 2015.
Source: DR1, Eldia
January 23, 2015
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