UPDATE: Antonio Carbone, casino mogul’s case
Santo Domingo.- Antonio Carbone, the Canadian casino mogul embroiled in a lawsuit with noted philanthropist Michael DeGroote, is currently being held in a Dominican Republic prison on a charge of attempted murder.
However, a fifth estate investigation has found that the case against him is largely based on information that a key witness and the alleged victim himself now contradict.
Carbone, 40, is accused of attempted murder in the firebombing of a rival’s 1999 Jaguar Vanden Plas in the early hours of Dec. 1, and is being held in preventive custody in the San Pedro prison, 100 kilometres west of Punta Cana.
The fifth estate has learned that key details of the Santo Domingo district attorney’s case against Carbone appear to be based on some factual errors, and are contradicted by other evidence and what a key witness is now saying, all of which raise questions about the strength of the case against the Toronto-area businessman.
Carbone, a controversial figure, has been interviewed in recent months by CBC and the Globe and Mail as part of a year-long investigation into the debacle surrounding the Dream Casino group in the Caribbean, a business venture that resulted in a series of multi-million dollar suits and countersuits among those involved.
A fifth estate documentary, The mob and Michael DeGroote, which aired Jan. 23, examined how DeGroote, a highly regarded Canadian billionaire and philanthropist, lent Carbone, his brother Francesco and a third participant, nearly US$112 million for their venture; and how organized crime figures became embroiled in the dispute, leading to threats of revenge and murder by some of those involved.
Carbone was on his way back to Toronto to celebrate his 40th birthday when he was arrested by Dominican National Police on Jan. 25 at the Punta Cana airport.
In a prison interview, Carbone told the fifth estate he was innocent of the allegations, and that he is the victim of a campaign to discredit him.
His brother, Francesco Carbone, who was also named in the arrest warrants, also denies any involvement. He was already back in Canada when his brother was taken into custody.
A judge approved district attorney Yeni Berenice Reynoso’s detention request for Carbone, based largely on a 10-page record of the case filed in a Santo Domingo court.
At issue is who was behind the 2 a.m. firebombing on Dec. 1 of a 1999 Jaguar belonging to a Dream Casino manager Fernando Baez, with whom the Carbone brothers had had a falling out.
The chief witness in the case is a private investigator, Juan Infante, who once worked for the Carbone brothers.
According to a document filed in court by the district attorney, Infante heard the brothers plotting to murder Baez and that they had allegedly hired two unknown assailants to do the job.
April 11, 2016
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