Zoila Medina describes her abduction
Initial details of the ordeal experienced by the ombudsman, 75-year old Zoila Martínez, are now emerging as she has recovered from the shock that kept her from speaking to the press. She says she was abducted at around 9pm on Saturday evening, 6 November 2016, and released several hours later with RD$200 of the cash they had taken from her “for a taxi” and dropped off on the Malecón.
Martínez said that a car crashed into the rear of vehicle as she was returning from the movies at the Bella Vista Mall, on Sarasota Avenue. When she got out, the criminals forced her to hand over her keys and her SUV vehicle. She tried to resist and hit her attacker, but then two other men came out and pushed her into the back of the vehicle. She said she was taken to a place she described as a garage where the vehicle was dismantled.
When she was released around 1am, it was raining, and she said that a “good Samaritan” helped her out, took her to his house from where she called her family.
The Police are looking for her white Toyota Prado SUV, model 2013, license plate G290140. Colonel Antonio Cabrera Sarita, commander of the Police Stolen Vehicles Investigations Department is leading the investigation.
Speaking on Z-101 she said she was not physically harmed. She said her captors even gave her instructions for filing a Police report against them.
She said she would now travel with the bodyguard who has been assigned to her.
The Senate selected Martínez for the post of ombudsman on 15 May 2013. She graduated in Law in 1967 with a specialty in criminal procedures. She has served as a prosecutor in the National District and as Dominican ambassador in South Korea. She has also worked with street children and led the investigation into the murder of José Rafael Llenas Aybar in 1996. She lives in Los Cacicazgos.
Source: DR1, Elcaribe
Nov 8, 2016
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