Dominican Republic generals intimidate witnesses
Lead prosecutor Wilson Camacho.
Santo Domingo.- Even when they soon realized that they were being investigated, the members of the corruption network formed by senior officials who were arrested in Operation Coral 5G, allegedly tried to intimidate witnesses so that they would not testify, giving them the warning that they “don’t mess with the guards.”
The preliminary file establishes this fact as one of the motivations for the Permanent Attention Office of the National District to impose pretrial detention on the accused and declare the complexity of the case, to avoid destruction of evidence and intimidation of witnesses.
“The investigation carried out so far has shown that this criminal network has been making maneuvers to distract the goods acquired as a result of the crimes charged, on all real estate, as well as the concealment of relevant evidence for the investigation.
Likewise, it has been making maneuvers so that relevant information does not reach the hands of the Justice Ministry, it has also intimidated witnesses so that they do not testify, under the argument: “Do not mess with the guards”, indicates the filing.
That is what the Mob does … threaten the witnesses to avoid prosecution.
Under the Latin American stereotype of politics it has been a merengue between civilian and military authorities over control of a country.
It seems to appear the Dominican choreographers have been content with a balance of a democratic civilian government and a top heavy military at its side. However, the recent arrests have the earmarks that a few those in the military have mirrored the scandalous behavior of some civilian officials. They have gone beyond script parameters, thrown the balance off, and have forced the civilian government to take these offenders off the floor. The dance has changed.
DR still has too many Generals for the size of the population…they are hired because of connections…