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Two linked to drug trafficking elected to Dominican Republic Congress

Santo Domingo.- Two men who won lower chamber seats in the May 15 elections had faced money laundering and drug trafficking charges, even facing prosecution by Dominican and US courts, reports.

Deputies-elect Franklin Romero and Sergio Moya de la Cruz, who won congressional seats representing the National District and Duarte province, according to Central Electoral Board (JCE) provisional results.

Moya de la Cruz (Gory), elected in the National District 3rd ward, was charged July 1998 by the National Drugs Control Agency (DNCD) of laundering around US$300 million along with 14 codefendants.

In March 2000 Moya and three others were released on “insufficient evidence” by the National District 2nd Penal Chamber, judge of the Ilsis Muñoz. During the trial, prosecutor Germán Miranda?? asked a prison sentence of eight years for the politician, now a lawmaker for the major opposition party, PRM.

In March Miranda had sought to investigate as many as 20 candidates to elected posts in the last elections, on alleged links to money laundering and narcotics trafficking. The investigation’s results have yet to be released.

The case of deputy-elect Franklin Romero was heard by a New York court, after his arrest in Panama when he was about to board a cruise ship in 2011, the outlet reports. “He’s the owner the record label Premium Latin Music, who signed the disbanded bachata group Aventura.”

Romero had been sentenced to one year probation after confessing to providing communications with intent to distribute controlled substances. Journalist Fausto Rosario published his conviction on in 2012. The conviction of supervised release and was handed down by New York South District judge Lawrence McKenna.

The name of Sergio Moya also emerges in the interrogation of drug trafficking convict Winston Rizik (El Gallero), who had declared himself an enemy of the also convict Jesus Pascual Cabrera because “I was opposed to the killing of his friend,” named Sergio Moya, “prompting several attempts to assassinate me,” newspaper El Caribe journalist Genris Agramonte reported on September 8, 2014. “He tried to kill me and is afraid that I will retaliate because I was opposed to the killing of a friend of mine, Sergio Moya,” Rizik said, quoted by the outlet.

Miranda had asked the JCE and the political parties to exert stricter control and transparency regarding who finances the candidates and those who seek public office. “We’re warning the possibility of a threat of what could be the penetration of financing for party campaigns and groups or organized crime cartels.”

Miranda’s complaint came just at the end of the deadline for candidates, to which JCE president Roberto Rosario responded that it was impossible to remove them from the lists of candidates who hadn’t been convicted.

Source: DT

June 4, 2016

Category: DR News |

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