Third person arrested in new OISOE scandal
A third person was arrested yesterday, Wednesday 30 September 2015 after alleged irregularities under investigation at the Office of Supervisory Works of the State (OISOE) following the alleged suicide of architect David Rodriguez, a contractor of a public school renovation in Monte Plata province.
Laura Guerrero Pelletier, head of the Specialized Prosecutors Office for Prosecution of Administrative Corruption (PEPA) ordered the arrest of lawyer Rafael Perez Alejo, personal assistant to engineer Alejandro de los Santos, who was arrested on Tuesday, 29 September 2015. The press has not been able to determine his role at the OISOE.
Engineer Yoel Soriano Fabian, a former OISOE employee who worked on coordinating the construction of schools in Monte Plata, has also been arrested in connection with this case.
The OISOE has been affected by a series of scandals, especially during the PLD administrations. The entity, which reports directly to the Presidency, is considered a parallel Ministry of Public Works but with less transparency. Francisco Pagan replaced engineer Hector Pimentel Kareh as head of the OISOE after a major financial scandal. Diario Libre reports that Pagan held a one-hour meeting with President Medina at the Presidential Palace yesterday, Wednesday 30 September 2015, but after leaving he told the press that he does not agree with the calls to close the office.
In a new development, architect Rodriguez’s relatives have told journalists from Listin Diario that they doubt that he committed suicide. It was not like his structured way of living his life, they told the newspaper, adding that he had two cell phones but one is missing, and that a folder where he kept lots of documents is now empty.
Source: DR1, DiarioLibre
Oct 1, 2015
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