Local February 28, 2011 | 2:21 pm

Dominican Anticorruption chief says there’re no funds to prosecute

Santo Domingo.- Anti-Corruption Department (DPCA) director Hotoniel Bonilla on Monday said he needs the resources to confront corruption and complained that while RD$240 million will be spent on public defenders this year, his agency gets much less to proceed against corrupt officials.

?If that amount was given to the DPCA, the results would be different. So that you may see the contradictions in this country, even those who defend many corrupt ones have the resources to defend themselves, nevertheless the DPCA doesn?t count in this manner,? the official said one day after president Leonel Fernandez urged the DPCA chief to charge the corrupt Government officials.

Bonilla said Fernandez?s call didn?t surprise him.

As to the perception by a large part of the population that his agency doesn?t prosecute corruption, the official acknowledged that those perceptions are right in many occasions, though others aren?t based on reality.