Judges who ‘sold rulings’ are interrogated and facing 20 years
Santo Domingo.- In handcuffs resigning judge Francisco Arias was escorted Wednesday morning to the Justice Ministry’s Anticorruption Office (Pepca) for questioning, under heavy guard.
He arrived at 10am in custody of the Special High Risk Unit and was whisked into an office for interrogation.
Arias, with a copy of the Constitution in hand, kept silent at all times.
The defendant, who had resigned as a member of the powerful Judicial Council, was sent to three months of pretrial detention at Najayo prison, indicted on charges of selling court rulings.
Codefendant and former judge Awilda Reyes, who is also being held, was questioned yesterday, after which the Pepca said there are serious indications implicating both judges, who face as long as 20 years in prison in found guilty.
Hearing on the 20th
The 3rd Appellate Court Criminal Chamber set the next hearing for January 20, when Arias and Reyes will seek to revoke the ruling which sent them to prison.
Jan 6, 2016
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