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Dominican Republic Judiciary is dealt another stunning blow

Santo Domingo.- Dominican Republic’s Judiciary on Monday was dealt yet another stunning blow, as the Supreme Court announced the suspension of a La Romana (east) judge in connection with a drug trafficking case.

Supreme Court chief justice Mariano German said La Romana judge Aristilda Mercedes Rodríguez has been suspended as part of the investigation into a plane in which the Venezuelans Carlos Justiniano, Jorge Henríquez, Gregory Frías, Geraldo Díaz and Jean Carlos Díaz were arrested and charged with smuggling 359 kilos of cocaine.

Rodriguez is the third magistrate to be forced off the bench in as many months, after Awilda Reyes Beltre and Francisco Arias Varela, both being investigated in connection with an alleged ring of hired killers headed by Pedro Brand city councilman Edinson de los Santos Solis.

Mejia made the announcement accompanied by the new members of the Supreme Judicial Council, where Arias previously served.

Rodriguez drew national attention by releasing the four Venezuelans outright, but the prosecution appealed and the foreigners were not set free.

Source: DT

April 5, 2016

Category: DR News |

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