Prosecution seeks 30 years in prison for dean’s murder
Santo Domingo.- Justice minister Francisco Dominguez on Tuesday said the prosecution will be firm in the case of the shooting death of former Santo Domingo State University (UASD) dean Mateo Aquino, allegedly perpetrated by Blas Peralta, leader of the country’s most powerful truckers union (Fenatrado).
Dominguez said it’s not the first time the president of the truckers union is linked to bloodshed and other felonies, for which the prosecution will seek the maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.
“He’s a person whose freedom is a dangerously serious condition, but for us and for Dominican society it’s very important that this person is held in prison,” said Dominguez in a press conference with National District prosecutor Yeni Berenice Reynoso.
He asked the judges to be strong and avert impunity of Peralta, and codefendants retired Colonel Rafael Herrera, and Franklin Venega and Geraldo Félix Batista.
He warned the judges that the accused have a lot of money and could claim having an illness, as a mechanism to avoid prosecution on the crimes they allegedly committed.
Dominguez said however that the prosecution will seek their pretrial incarceration by conducting a comprehensive investigation and prevent them from tampering with incriminating evidence.
March 16, 2016
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