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Lack of autopsies let criminals get away with murder

Santo Domingo.- Prominent forensic pathologist Sergio Sarita Valdez on Sunday said the vast majority of the country’s deaths, robberies and assaults aren’t investigated, which in his view spurs even more felonies.

“That’s an encouragement to crime, robbery, assault because they (perpetrators) are confident of the little likelihood of being caught,” he said. Interviewed on Santo Domingo TV.

“it’s not true that every time there is a violent death, there’s a detailed analysis and study, which is what we want,” he said and warned that violent deaths that occur in Greater Santo Domingo are enough to saturate the system “and cannot respond.”

“To this day not all deaths legally speaking are not investigated in the Dominican Republic, in terms of autopsy by a coroner,” he said.

The expert said in a sudden death, where no one knows what happened, it’s important to determine if that person died from poisoning or other cause, which generates a doubt.

Sarita also said the country has the world’s highest mortality rate from traffic accidents for which in many cases autopsies aren’t performed from the high number of people killed.

Source: DT

June 28, 2016

Category: DR News |

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