In historic move Dominican Republic charges six judges
Santo Domingo.- Dominican Republic´s Judicial Council on Monday suspended and ordered a disciplinary trial for six judges whom the Justice Ministry accuses of manipulating lawsuits and the release of people linked to organized crime, mostly drug traffickers, money launderers and corruption.
The announcement comes just hours after Francisco Dominguez revealed that an investigation found numerous acts of corruption and evidence that the alleged structure is headed by Francisco Valera Arias, who resigned from the Judicial Council last week as well as from his post as Santo Domingo province 4th Instruction Court judge.
The scandal also comes in the wake of mounting rebuke of the judges in recent weeks on rulings favoring many accused of felonies, especially those with alleged links to organized crime and money laundering.
The judges Awilda Reyes Beltre, of the National District 4th Criminal Chamber; Delio Germán Figueroa, National District 1st Panel Court; Jose Mejia Duvergé, Santo Domingo province 5th Instruction Court; Rosso Vallejo Espinosa, Santo Domingo province Appellate Court Criminal Chamber, and Victor Mejia Lebron judge of the same jurisdiction.
Germán and Vallejo, two of the judges accused by Dominguez, had sought to be appointed to the Judicial Council.
The official added that employees of the judiciary, lawyers and individuals will also be charged in the case, the first where the country´s judicial system moves so quickly against its own members.
Serbio Tulio Castaños, prominent attorney and director of the think tank Institutionalism and Justice Foundation (FINJUS), called the charges “the most serious ever” against members of the judiciary. “The most serious accusations ever levied against judges of the Dominican republic.”
Nov 17, 2015
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