Senator Felix Bautista under investigation in Haiti
Senator Felix Bautista has been investigated for embezzlement, money laundering, fraud and document forgery against the Dominican state and recently a judge ordered a stop to the investigations and blocked the case from going to trial. Bautista’s story can be described as rags-to-riches as he declared RD$547,000 in assets when first entering the government in 1996 and by 2014 his fortune was estimated at over RD$40 billion.
While the DR Supreme Court halted investigations into alleged corruption and asset laundering, they are now resuming in Haiti where the senator and the engineering companies he owns are being linked to Haitian government corruption. Bautista companies benefited from several lucrative contracts following the 2010 earthquake.
Haitian news site “Le Nouvelliste” says his contributions to leading Haitian politicians are under scrutiny in the run-up to the upcoming legislative, presidential and municipal elections in Haiti this year. Former Prime Ministers Jean Max Bellerive and Laurent Lamothe signed several contracts with Bautista’s companies for the construction of public works that are now the subject of debate.
As reported, two constructions firms owned by the Dominican senator were awarded contracts in Haiti worth US$800 million, suspected of having been irregularly paid from the nation’s PetroCaribe account, with the complicity of Presidents Rene Preval and Michel Martelly, as well as Prime Ministers Jean Max Bellerive and Laurent Lamothe.
In Haiti it is alleged that US$2,587,000 in kickbacks were also paid to Haitian president Michel Martelly up to November 2011, a few months after his inauguration as President of Haiti.
In Haiti, elections for two-thirds of the Senate and the entire chamber of deputies are scheduled for 9 August 2015. The presidential election will be held on 25 October 2015 along with local and municipal elections with a presidential run-off, if necessary, on 27 December.
Source: DR1, DiarioLibre
April 6, 2015
Category: DR News |