Santo Domingo.- One of Dominican Republic’s most active grass-root groups on Thursday said that after the Odebrecht plea bargaining was struck k down, it demands that the Justice Ministry proceed at once to indict the executives of the Brazilian company for their admitted US$92.0 million bribe to government officials.
“The first and most immediate consequence of the ruling handed down by National District coordinating judge José Alejandro Vargas, is for the National District Office of the Prosecutor to prosecute Odebrecht and its main executives in the country for bribery and conspiracy filed by the organization,” said the National Committee to Combat Climate Change (CNLCC).
“The Office of the Prosecutor’s Superior Council must appoint an adjunct prosecutor to hear the complaint he filed against Justice minister Jean Alain Rodríguez for prevarication, for he persecution against the “Mega corruption” of the company and obstructing with the agreement signed with Odebrecht, which confessed to having paid 92 million dollars in bribes to officials to obtain the works that were allocated between 2002 and 2014,” the organization said in an emailed statement.
It notes that it filed both complaints before the the National District Office of the Prosecutor and the Justice Ministry respectively on February 9, “in compliance with Article 85 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which establishes that the victim or their legal representative may become a plaintiff and prosecute.”
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“The Dominican society, of which we are a part, has been a victim of Odebrecht’s mega-corruption, which has meant millions of losses through the payment of bribes and overvaluation of works over the last twelve years.”