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Dominican generals cited ‘State secret’ in fraud case

A. Caceres

Santo Domingo.- Three generals accused in the Coral and Coral 5G case hid behind a “confidentiality clause” to finance alleged intelligence and national security operations, which made it easier for them to steal a large part of the 4,500 million pesos of the coffers of the State, says the Public Ministry.

“The members of the framework created a confidentiality clause, establishing that: in relation to intelligence operations and international intelligence operations they could not give details or generate support, since they were matters of national security and defense,” the filing says.

In the document, the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office for the Persecution of Administrative Corruption (Pepca) argues that this was nothing more than a ruse by the members of the network to protect themselves in functions that are not the responsibility of either the On-site Security Corps (Cusep) or the Corps of Tourist Security (Cestur).

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Paul Tierney
May 18, 2022 9:31 am

The catalyst for corruption within the state is it has too many dark curtains for the miscreants to hide behind to take advantage to rob it. The government leadership is talking and wanting transparency and bring scoundrels to trial. What the public is looking for is convictions.

It asks the question why the hell are there so many generals having access to the treasury, to move funds from state programs and agencies for which they have no responsibility? Where are the checks and balances? It only speaks loudly of the wider problem of the cancer of institutional corruption. It is a cancer that is hard to fight against.

bernie sierra
May 18, 2022 10:22 am
Reply to  Paul Tierney

These people went to far. They could it had steal let’s say 200 millions pesos and maybe nothing would it had happen to them but they got way too greedy and that is what caught up with them. Take a little but don’t get way too greedy.