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Attorney General will reviel names of bribe-takers by 19 May

Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez has expressed his satisfaction with Judge Danilo Quevedo’s approval of the agreement by his office with the Odebrecht Brazilian construction company regarding bribes made to secure contract work in the Dominican Republic. Speaking to the press, Rodríguez said that by 19 May 2017, the Attorney General would release the names of those who allegedly may have accepted bribes.

“This ruling marks a milestone in the fight against corruption,” he said. He said that as promised, the approval of the agreement will allow the Attorney General’s office to pursue charges against those involved in the corruption scandal.

Rodriguez said the agreement would be made public, making transparent the obligations Odebrecht has agreed to fulfill.  The Attorney General so far has delivered to the media an extract of the agreement.

“On 19 May, we will have the names of those who may have accepted bribes.  We will then proceed as the law orders, regardless of the colors of political parties, or the government ties,” he said.

A report in El Dia highlights how contract work allotted to Odebrecht is today 15% of the public debt.

The agreement approval has met with widespread rejection.

Journalist Huchi Lora protested the approval. He tweeted: “The Attorney General continues to evade at all costs investigating fraud to the state by way of overvaluation. We are told it is a great achievement to receive US$184 million from Odebrecht, while in the first quarter of this year the government has paid the company US$270 million. Add to this the fact that mechanisms for impunity remain intact in the Supreme Court of Justice, the Superior Electoral Court, the Central Electoral Board, the Constitutional Court, the Chamber of Accounts and the Public Ministry. That is why we demand an end to impunity … “

Lora said the Attorney General agreement was a “pact for impunity.” He urged all to attend the Green March set for 23 April 2017 in San Francisco de Macoris. “I hope there are many people,” he wrote, stating that people power is the only way to motivate the government to end impunity.

Acento reports that the Green March is requesting the replacement of Attorney General Jean Alain Rodriguez for the signing of the agreement with Odebrecht.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

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