Octopus case imputed review of coercion postponed to Friday

SANTO DOMINGO – The hearing to review the coercion measure against those involved in the corruption case called Pulpo, will continue to be known next Friday.

Judge Pablo Imbert, who served as a substitute in the Third Investigative Court of the National District, and who must decide whether or not to ratify the precautionary measure, made the decision after a five-hour hearing.

For Friday 18, the Public Ministry will continue to replicate the allegations of the lawyers of the accused.

Before recessing, the magistrate Imbert ordered that in relation to the defendant Alexis Medina, the hearing be known on July 21, after accepting a petition from the defense, which is waiting for the Public Ministry to deliver all the evidence they have against him .

Upon leaving the courtroom, the Director of Prosecution of the Public Ministry, Yeni Berenice, assured the defendants that they had not presented sufficient elements to justify any variation in relation to the coercive measure that was imposed last December.

“While it is true that we can say that the budgets have varied, they have been to the detriment of the defense, by virtue of the fact that the evidence that the Public Ministry had at the time of knowing the measure of coercion and the evidence that the Public Ministry has at the today, there is a huge difference, “he said.

“During these months the situation of the accused in the process has been to strengthen the accusation due to the proceedings of the Public Ministry. Today there are lines of investigation that were not at the beginning, strong evidence that compromises the criminal responsibility of these accused,” he added the deputy attorney while speaking with journalists covering the judicial source.

The defendants are Alexis Medina, and his alleged front men Julián Esteban Suriel Suazo, José Dolores Santana and Wacal Vernavel Méndez Pineda, have been serving preventive detention at the Najayo-Hombres Correction and Rehabilitation Center for six months.

In the same prison, since December, Francisco Pagán, former director of the Office of State Works Supervising Engineers (OISOE); Aquiles Christofer, former director of the OISOE’s Works Inspection; and Fernando Rosa, former president of the Reformed Companies Patrimonial Fund (Fonper).

While against, Carmen Magaly Medina, Alexis’s sister and former vice president of Fonper; Freddy Hidalgo, former Minister of Public Health; and Rafael Germosén, former comptroller general of the Republic, weighs the measure of house arrest.

On the other hand, Domingo Santiago Muñoz, Alexis’s alleged front man, only has a periodic presentation.

According to investigations by the Public Ministry, Alexis Medina, brother of former President Danilo Medina, created a corrupt network that benefited from ties with political power to do business with state entities and benefit for years with almost five billion pesos .

Last March, Judge Amaruys Martínez, from the same court, ratified the coercive measure for the 11 defendants.

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