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Dominican Republic: Abinader condemns alcohol adulteration and seeks punishment for those responsible

President Luis Abinader asked the justice system to act severely against clandestine manufacturers and marketers of alcoholic beverages that have taken the lives of more than 20 people in recent weeks.

The president said that there is a lot of recidivism of people who have been subdued, and after processing through the justice system, they return to the practice.

“We believe that we must be much more severe with them,” Abinader emphasized.

The president spoke on the subject in response to a question asked by journalists covering the National Palace about his concern for the deaths caused each year by the country’s consumption of clergy.

“The police and military agencies complain that the people who are subjected, that the justice system also acts, because there is much recidivism in these cases,” said the president.

On his side, the Minister of Industry and Commerce, Victor Bisonó, informed that yesterday more than 8,000 bottles of clerene (clergy) were seized in Cabral, Barahona. He added that the operation was mounted at 8:30 in the morning, and they seized 23, 55-gallon tanks.

“There is an active follow-up of where this illicit is being manufactured to follow it up and submit it to justice. This is being done with the support of the General Directorate of Customs, the General Directorate of Internal Taxes and Public Health,” he added.

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