Economy June 24, 2019 | 9:46 am

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Odebrecht case ruling: no statute of limitation on corruption


Santo Domingo, .- The sentence that sends to trial six of the seven that the prosecution accused of taking bribes from Odebrecht, states that corruption has no statute of limitation.

That opens the possibility that old corruption cases, which haven’t been prosecuted, can be brought to justice at any time, if the principle is upheld.

“Organized crime and infractions related to the plundering of property of public interest are deprived, in the judgment of this court, of the benefit of the statute of limitations, or are subject to extraordinary periods under international treaties,” page 974 of the sentence stipulates.

It notes that the crime of corruption is excluded from the times established in Article 45 of the Code of Criminal Procedure to consider a crime extinct, since the Constitution provides for the possibility of establishing longer terms for cases of corruption.

With his ruling, judge Francisco Ortega responded to the motions by the lawyers for Roberto Rodríguez, Víctor Díaz Rúa, Jesús Vásquez and Andrés Bautista, that the accusation in the Odebrecht case be declared expired.


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