“Mafia dominated” Police needs reform now, leading lawyer says
DominicanToday.com - Institutionalism and Justice Foundation (Finjus) director on Monday urged president Leonel Fernandez to moor a true reform of the National Police because in his it’s currently “dominated by a structure of mafias.”

Serbio Tulio Castaños Guzmán said now is the best time to undertake that reform because in his view Police chief Jose A. Polanco is a “excellent manager” who knows what needs to be done to clean up that institution. “Polanco is the Police Chief who has confronted all that shamelessness. He needs support. He needs a President’s support to reform the Police. He’s an excellent manager.”

The Finjus executive said in its current condition “the Police is a monster which devours the State” for which its reform is urgently needed now to transform it into a progressive institution.

Interviewed by Pablo McKinney on CDN channel 37, Castaños said a reform should be based on a draft by a commission of jurists and not the one sent to Congress which guarantees the permanence of its more than 20 generals.

He said modern Police forces don’t have generals and instead superintendents, citing the case of United States and Colombian cities.

As to the thousands of agents reportedly doing particular services, Castaños said “the 30,000 police whom the private sector and the political class have…those gentlemen want to provide a particular solution to their problems, when the solution is collective.”

He said it’s not possible for a 32,000 member police force to have 40 generals, because in his view, if it must there can be only one general, the Chief.

He compared the Police to a traffic jam, where it’s impossible to exert control and warned that what occurred in Colombia and now in Mexico can happen here; that the very police, who attended the children of the rich, and later kidnapped them as part of a criminal activity. “Anyone who has three pesos can have a policeman, with what right?”

 

Dominican Watchdog Note: It's not only the police, but the entire justice system all the way to the supreme court which needs reforms!

 

Top official rails the high court on stalled extradition

The Presidency’s Antinarcotics Adviser yesterday said the Supreme Court’s justices should be “ashamed” for the way they are handling “very serious” cases, including some with international implications.

Marino Vinicio (Vincho) Castillo said while justice in other countries, such as Puerto Rico, where Angel Ayala Vázquez (Ángelo Millones), one of the heads of the local cartel was sent to life in prison, here in Dominican Republic, the high Court is guessing what to do with some extraditions, including Ramon del Rosario Puente, (Toño Leña), which has been postponed nine times.

The official, in his program “La Respuesta” on Digital 15, referred to the case of del Rosario, allegedly one of Ayala’s drug suppliers, and which the authorities link to at least two murders.

The Supreme Court’s postponements have begun raising eyebrows in wide sectors of the country, especially after the justices ruled to not extradite the fugitive Winston Rizik Rodriguez to the U.S. to face narcotics charges.

 

Supreme Court justices draw heat on bungled extradition

Alleged narcotics trafficker Ramon Antonio del Rosario Puente’s (Toño Leña) defense attorneys Monday noon challenged Dominican Republic’s Supreme Court Penal Chamber justices during their clients request extradition hearing.

Prior to today’s hearing, the lawyer Tomas Castro also challenged the prosecutors Gisela Cueto and Francisco Cruz, claiming partiality against his client, but the Justice Ministry rejected the measure.

That however didn’t put a stop to the delaying tactics by Castro, who immediately challenged the judges Hugo Alvarez Valencia, Ana Rosa Bergés, and Victor Jose Capellan.

Puerto Rico wants Del Rosario’s extradited since July 16, 2010, accused of drug trafficking. The proceedings against him have been postponed an unprecedented eight times thus far, unleashing scathing criticism against the high court’s justices.

 

Dominican Watchdog Note: This is the result of a useless President and his corrupt government which have been in power for almost 12 years! How did Leonel become a multi millionaire.... read about his scandals here

Those who read Spanish should read article below about Leonel Fernandez, it shows how useless he has been!!

El Gran Corruptor

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