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Dominican Republic: Judge dictates coercion to Alexis Medina and others involved in embezzlement

The judge of the Judicial Office of Permanent Attention Services of the National District, José Alejandro Vargas, yesterday issued three months of preventive detention as a measure of coercion to defendants of Operation Antipulpo accused by the Public Ministry of committing administrative corruption against the State by an amount exceeding 4.7 billion pesos, including two brothers of former president Danilo Medina Sánchez.

The magistrate, who declared the case complex, imposed preventive detention in the Sancristobalense Correction and Rehabilitation Center on four of the defendants, three in the San Pedro de Macorís prison house arrest, and one periodic presentation.

After concluding the three days of debates and the request of the Public Ministry to the judge, to send to the Sancristobalense Correction and Rehabilitation Center 10 of the 11 implicated in the Pulpo Network, Vargas imposed three months of preventive detention on the referred center for Juan Alexis Medina (alleged head of the network) together with former officials Fernando Rosa, former president of Fonper; Francisco Pagán, former director-general of the Office of State Works Supervisory Engineers (Oisoe); and Aquiles Christopher, from the OISOE Analysis Unit.

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