Local May 13, 2023 | 9:58 am

MP will begin its responses in Coral and Coral 5G preliminary hearings on Monday.

Court prosecutor Mirna Ortiz said Friday that the Public Prosecutor’s Office expects to start the replies to the arguments raised by the defenses in the next preliminary hearing of the accused in the Coral and Coral 5G operations.

“For the next hearing we would start with the replies of the Public Ministry to what the defenses have raised,” explained the litigation coordinator of the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office for the Prosecution of Administrative Corruption (Pepca), speaking to the press after leaving the hearing held in the Sixth Court of Instruction of the National District.

The litigant explained that “in today’s hearing (yesterday, Friday) she finished presenting the defense of Esmeralda Ortega Polanco, in the voluntary interveners who request the evolutions of goods, both movable and immovable”.

Ortiz, who was accompanied in Friday’s hearing by prosecutors Miguel Collado and Jonathan Elías Pérez, pointed out that the Alfredo Nobel Foundation presented its complaint, to which the defense presented its rejection, causing the court to reserve its decision on the matter.

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“The court reserved an incident that was presented by one of the lawyers of the defense, which establishes that the foundation does not have quality, as it does not have a skillful power of representation, according to what was expressed by that defense and as the court reserved the ruling, that decision we will know at the end of the whole process” he maintained.

In the preliminary hearing, the magistrate Yanibet Rivas Méndez, of the Sixth Court of Instruction of the National District will have to decide whether or not to send the defendants to trial.

In the process, the prosecuting body requested the opening of the trial against Major General Adán Cáceres Silvestre, General Juan Carlos Torres Robiou and the others accused of being part of the administrative corruption network dismantled with the Coral and Coral 5G operations.

Among the accused of Operation Coral, besides Cáceres Silvestre, are also Rossy Guzmán Sánchez (La Pastora), police corporal Tanner Antonio Flete Guzmán (son of the nun), police colonel Rafael Núñez de Aza and Navy sergeant Alejandro José Montero Cruz.

In addition to General Torres Robiou (FARD), Boanerges Reyes Batista (ARD) and Julio Camilo de los Santos Viola (FARD), as well as Captain Franklin Mata Flores (ARD) and José Manuel Rosario Pirón are being prosecuted for Operation Coral 5G, derived from Coral.

The process is also being followed against Carlos Lantigua, Alfredo Pichardo, Erasmo Roger Pérez, Jehohanan Lucía Rodríguez, Yehudy Blandesmil Guzmán and Esmeralda Ortega Polanco.

The accusing body filed charges in this process against 48 persons, 30 individuals and 18 legal entities, who are accused of defrauding the Dominican State of more than 4 billion pesos.

The corruption scheme operated in the Presidential Security Corps (Cusep), the Specialized Tourism Security Corps (Cestur) and the National Council for Children and Adolescents (Conani).

The preliminary hearing against the accused in the Coral and Coral 5G operations will continue next Monday 15 of this month, at 9:00 am.

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