New Haitian Consul had been caught smuggling people
The appointments announced on Monday, 19 February 2018, by President Danilo Medina have prompted news commentators to use Google search program to learn more of the background of the appointees.
The one appointment that has generated the most press is that of Andrés Boció Fortuna, who was transferred to the position of consul in Anse-á-Pitre, Haiti (Decree 79-18) from his position at the consulate in Belladere, Haiti.
In the past, Andrés Boció Fortuna has made press headlines for accusations of human trafficking and selling fake visas.
At the time of his appointment by Decree 79-18, Bocio Fortuna was counselor minister at the Dominican consulate in Belladere, also in Haiti, where he has been since 2014. In 2014 he was arrested by G2 forces of the Army when driving a SUV transporting 15 undocumented Haitians from Comendador to Santo Domingo. The case did not move through the court system. Bocio Fortuna has always insisted that he has done nothing wrong. The government has never pressed charges.
Previously, in January 2007, the then government of President Leonel Fernandez, following an investigation of the Ministry of Foreign Relations, had relieved Bocio Fortuna of his duties as the Haitian consul in Ouanaminthe for allegedly operating two clandestine consulates and for issuing Dominican visas without authorization of the Ministry of Foreign Relations.
Bocio Fortuna aspired to be the PLD candidate to senator for Elias Piña, his hometown on the border with Haiti.
The new appointment included in Decree 79-18 published on 19 February 2018 is his fourth consular appointment by PLD administrations.
In the past, he was accused of fraud in securing visas to Europe for Dominican residents in Elías Piña, of running a parallel consulate to secure visas for Haitians, in addition to personally trafficking in Haitians.
In addition to consular appointment in Belladere and Anse-a-Pitre, Bocio has been appointed to the Dominican consulate in Ouanaminthe under a Leonel Fernandez PLD administration.
Source: DR1, Listindiario
Feb 25, 2018
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