Nine defendants remanded to custody for one year in Santiago Customs case
SANTIAGO. A judge of the Service Office of Permanent Attention in Santiago imposed a coercive measure of one year of preventive custody on eight employees of the Directorate General of Customs in the Cibao International Airport and on a passenger, accused of contraband of hard currency and money laundering.
Judge Luis Nobel Gil handed down the measure against Domingo Antonio Pilarte Jiménez, a captain in the Dominican Army, Marcos Daniel Felipe González, Mairelin Rodríguez Batista, Leovigildo Ubiera Paulino, Nery del Carmen Correa Correa, Benito Henríquez Tejada, Luz Carlina Infante Fermín and Ramón Hipólito Henríquez Tejada.
According to the DGA, passenger Osairy Mercedes Quezada brought a suitcase with thousands of dollars that were not declared last 29 June. Only US$136,000 of the money has been recovered.
Magistrate Luisa Liranzo, the District Attorney for Santiago, did not discard the fact that in the process other persons might be implicated in the case.
Hipolito Rodriguez, one of the defendants, complained that the serious problem is between the District Attorney and Customs. He asked Senator Julio Cesar Valentin, his friend, to protect him from being assassinated. In the face of the insistence by the reporters in order to clarify his complaint, he said that they (the authorities) are putting on a circus and those who should be in jail are not.
Lawyer Santo Willie Liranzo, the legal representative of one of the defendants, defended the innocence of his client.
“In the plenary hearing, the lawyer of the young female passenger established that the amount was US$136,557, and she admitted that this was the money which she brought,” he declared.
The same as Liranzo, the other lawyers announced that they would appeal the decision by Judge Nobel Gil.
The prison or prisons where the sentence would be served was not reported.
Young Osairy Mercedes Quezada came to the country on a flight from New York, through the Cibao International Airport and after signing a statement where she certified the amount of money, she was released, but a week later she was required to report to the authorities, due to the complaint filed before the Justice Department by the DGA.
July 17, 2015
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