US revokes visas to three judges in drug case
The Listín Diario reports a credible source has told it that the US Consulate has revoked the US visas of three judges of the Court of Appeals of the Province of Santo Domingo that ruled in favor Winston Rizik and his brother Nelson Rizkik Delgado, and ordered their release and suspension of their prison sentences. Rizik and Rizik Delgado had been sentenced to prison for 10 years and 5 years, respectively, after being accused of drug trafficking and asset laundering.
The judges affected by the visa cancellations are Saulo Ysabel Díaz, Manuel del Socorro Pérez García and Rosaly Yovianka Stefani Brito, who were not available for comment, as reported by Listin Diario. One of the the three judges, Saulo Ysabel Díaz, had issued a dissident opinion.
The US Consulate had no comment concerning the cancelled visas.
Listin Diario reported that while the order for the release of the individuals was being been processed, they were being held at the Centro de Correccion y Rehabilitación El Pinito in La Vega. The sentence ordering them to jail had been issued in Monte Plata jail on 9 March 2016.
Winston Rizik is classified as a fugitive by the US Marshals. El Dia reported that Rizik Rodríguez escaped from a Florida jail where he had been sentenced to eight years in jail for drug trafficking. In February 2009, the Supreme Court of Justice in the Dominican Republic rejected his extradition and instead ordered that seized assets be returned to him.
El Día reports that US mission officials interviewed the judges prior to the revoking of their visas.
Source: DR1, Eldia
Feb 25, 2017
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