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UASD law professor murdered

The remains of state university UASD professor, Yuniol Ramírez, who was known for his strong anti-corruption stand, were buried on Saturday, 14 October 2017 after being recovered from the waters of the Las Varias stream in Manoguayabo, in western Santo Domingo. Ramírez’s corpse was found tied with a chain and two blocks and a bullet wound in an eye. He had been reported missing since Thursday by his relatives. The body was first sighted by a young man who was fishing in the area.

The Santo Domingo prosecutor Olga Diná Llaverías announced on Sunday, 15 October 2017 in the evening that preliminary investigations into the case lead to believe that Argenis Contreras Gonález and José Antonio Mercado Blanco, two employees of the Metropolitan Bus Services Office (OMSA) killed the law professor because he was blackmailing the director of OMSA for RD$4 million. The press conference took place at the Palace of the Police with the participation of the head of the Department of Central Criminal Investigations (Dicrim), Brigade General Pablo Arturo Pujols and spokesman for the police, Colonel Frank Felix Duran.

In addition to Mercado Blanco, the director of the OMSA, Manuel Antonio Rivas, businessman Eddy Rafael Santana Zorrilla, accountant Faustino Rosario, who is also a police colonel, are under arrest. Rosario had a salary of RD$75,000 as financial director of the Omsa.

Rivas was arrested on Saturday evening at Las Americas International Airport, when he returned from Panama. Argenis Contreras González reportedly left the country after the killing.

As reported during the press conference, Santana Zorrilla had agreed to the RD$4 million and advanced RD$1 million in cash to the late lawyer.

Diario Libre reports that Ramírez had critical positions on corruption, impunity and public administration management. He was a former president of the Convergencia Nacional de Abogados (Cona) and in 2016 campaigned to be senator for his natal San Juan de la Maguana on the PRM ticket.

As president of Cona, he had held critical positions against the Super Tucano aircraft corruption case, the Banco de Reservas identity change, Odebrecht, Punta Catalina power plants, senator Felix Bautista, Omsa among others. In a recent interview with Salvador Holguin on Lo que Otros Callan he expressed his positions. During the interview he had called the Omsa, the next great Medina administration corruption scandal.

The installations of Omsa, the public bus transport agency, have been searched.

As reported in Diario Libre, the brother of the late Yuniol Ramirez, also lawyer Ramón Ramirez said he would sue the director of the OMSA and others the investigation reveals could be involved in the murder. He died his brother was involved in extortion and said that this would have to be proven.

Antonio Medina, dean of the UASD law school where Yuniol Ramírez was a professor, told Diario Libre: “We do not have to validate the statements by the prosecutors and the Police. We demand more in depth investigations into the case. This case is very delicate and they have sought not only to physically kill Yuniol, but also morally.”

The Central Criminal Investigations Agency (Dicrim) of the Police is investigating the case.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

Oct 17, 2017

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