Local September 18, 2019 | 8:47 am

Chief Justice refutes recusal in Odebrecht graft case

Santo Domingo.- Supreme Court chief justice, Luis Henry Molina, on Tuesday refused to recuse himself from hearing the Odebrecht graft case, given his link to senator Tommy Galan, one of the defendants.

During the second hearing Molina said: “none of the 10 grounds for recusal could be identified as an element that links me as a judge in a personal capacity with none of those charged in the present process.”

He said the recusal is a personal duty of voluntary abstention that the judge has against cases in which none of the causes provided for in article 78 of the Criminal Procedure Code is verified. “I am certain that I am not in any of the conditions required for the recusal request to be accepted.”