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Jail transfer for cargo cartel former boss accused of murder

The former leader of the Fenatrado cargo transport cartel, 60-year old Blas Peralta, who is accused of the murder of former rector of the UASD University Mateo Aquino Febrillet on 11 March 2016, has been transferred to the Haras Nacionales detention center. The Attorney General office justified the transfer from La Romana Jail on the grounds of health. Peralta, who is diabetic, is being held in pre-trial custody for a year.

This is his second transfer from jail. He was originally sent to the Higuey jail in March before being transferred to La Romana.

Attorney General Jean Alain Rodriguez defended the transfer saying it was temporary and for medical reasons. However, lawyers representing the relatives of the late Mateo Aquino Febrillet said that Peralta did not qualify for being sent to the Centro de Correccion y Rehabilitación para Adultos Mayores en Haras Nacionales. The center is for inmates who have already been sentenced and have served part of their sentence. Peralta was moved to Haras Nacionales on Saturday, 5 November 2016.

Lawyer José Parra said that Peralta should be in a high-security jail, pointing out that this is not the case of Haras Nacionales, from where he could escape. Mateo Aquino Febrillet’s widow Rita Solis said she was surprised and anxious and could never gave imagined that the case would be handled in this way despite all the evidence. The start of the trial has been repeatedly postponed.

As quoted in Diario Libre, the UASD Law School director, Antonio Medina described the move as “unfortunate, alarming and suspicious.”

Source: DR1, Elnuevodiario

Nov 7, 2016

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