Local November 14, 2017 | 3:42 pm

Group wants ex-elections chief indicted for US$39.6M scanner scandal

Santo Domingo.-  The outspoken social group FALPO (wide front for popular struggle) Tuesday morning picketed the Supreme Court to demand the indictment of Central Electoral Board (JCE) former president Roberto Rosario.

Its members said Rosario bought without need, disposable scanners for RD$1.9 billion (US$39.6 million), but cannot be reused.

“This waste of money comes at a time when the country’s economy is going through a serious crisis. Roberto Rosario is the main culprit, since he personally assumed the defense and purchase of these scanners, a mafia company like INDRA, indicted for corruption,” said Grabiel Sánchez, representing the group.

They said time’s up for officials to stop using taxpayers’ money as if their own. “We demand an investigation that explains why a mafia company like INDRA is hired, despite violating the law by funding the Popular Party campaign in Madrid with 600,000 Euros from 2011 to 2013, in addition to benefiting from this highway robbery.”

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