The Pepca Litigation Coordinator stressed that the defendants’ defenses have not been able to dismiss the accusation presented by the Public Ministry.
The court attorney Mirna Ortiz assured this Friday that none of the allegations presented by the defenses of those accused of administrative corruption in the anti octopus case they have been able to dismiss the accusation presented by the Public Ministry, for which she is convinced that the court will issue the order to open the trial.
“At today’s hearing, the first four defenses were deposing their arguments, in accordance with the order that the court had established, establishing the reasons and motions that they understand of place in relation to this hearing, motions that have in no way weakened the accusation by the Public Ministry”, affirmed the Litigation Coordinator of the Specialized Prosecutor for the Persecution of Administrative Corruption (Pepca).
Ortiz, who was approached by the press upon leaving the hearing held at the Ciudad Nueva Palace of Justice, indicated that the defenses were in their allegations. They all conclude that the case is quite large and voluminous, with evidence that must be examined.
“Obviously, the one who should carry out this examination is the trial judge, therefore his own allegations lead us to the conclusion that the only decision that this court can issue is an order to open the trial,” said the Pepca litigant.
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Ortiz was in court together with the team headed by the deputy prosecutor and head of Pepca, Wilson Camacho, and the prosecutors Yoneiby González, Ernesto Guzmán Alberto, Héctor García, José Miguel Marmolejos and Elizabeth Paredes.
The hearing this Friday was known by Judge Deiby Timoteo Peguero, of the Seventh Investigating Court of the National District.
The accusation presented by the Public Ministry at this stage consists of some 3,445 pages.
The process for administrative corruption is ongoing against Juan Alexis Medina Sánchez and the former vice president of Fonper, Carmen Magalys Medina Sánchez, both brothers of former president Danilo Medina Sánchez, as well as 27 other individuals and 21 companies facing corruption and money laundering charges. .
Also involved are the former president of Fonper Fernando Rosa; the former Minister of Public Health Lorenzo Wilfredo (Freddy) Hidalgo Núñez; José Dolores Santana Carmona and Wacal Bernabé Méndez Pineda, as well as Francisco Pagán Rodríguez, former general director of the former Office of State Works Supervising Engineers (Oisoe), and the former inspector of that institution Aquiles Alejandro Christopher Sánchez.
The accusation of the case presented by Pepca and the General Directorate of Persecution of the Public Ministry, which contains some 3,445 pages, also includes Julián Esteban Suriel Suazo, the former comptroller general Rafael Antonio Germosén Andújar and Domingo Antonio Santiago Muñoz.
Likewise, Carlos Martín Montes de Oca Vásquez and Paola Mercedes Molina Suazo are involved.
The criminal prosecution body also filed charges against the legal entities General Supply Corporation SRL, Domedical Supply SRL, Fuel América Inc. Dominicana SRL, and Globus Electrical SRL, among others.
Regarding Juan Alexis Medina Sánchez, the main accused, the file establishes that he created a corporate framework and, using influence peddling, being the brother of the former President of the Republic Danilo Medina Sánchez (constitutional periods 2012-2016, 2016-2020), carried out a set of of fraudulent maneuvers, in association with officials.
He points out that he was awarded to his name, as well as to third parties, works, goods and services of the State, operating as organized crime.
The criminal offenses incurred by the defendants include criminal association, fraud against the State, embezzlement, complicity in embezzlement, active and passive bribery, use of false documents, illicit financing of political campaigns, influence peddling, money laundering, coalition of officials, extortion, influence peddling and falsification in public deeds, as well as falsification and omission in the sworn statement, illicit enrichment, prevarication, use of front names and front men.