|DominicanToday.com – Santiago attorney and television host Yordy Veras was hit by two bullets fired by two as yet unidentified gunmen today, one to his cheek and the other to the neck both of which went through his face, requiring surgery in the city’s Corominas Clinic.
Veras, son of the prestigious attorney Negro Veras, went to a television station where he hosts a daily program when he was attacked, said National Police spokesman Nelson Rosario.
He said the investigation so soon as it occurred, for which Police chief Rafael Guzman headed to to Santiago at once.
Yordi Veras, who remained alert while doctors attended him, at the start of 2009 represented Miguelina Llaverias in the case against her husband the wealthy Santiago businessman Adriano Roman, convicted of attempted murder and of torturing her.
This story now got the attention of Reporters Without Borders - News Update June 4th
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (RSF/IFEX) -- Journalists in the city of Santiago de los Caballeros in the Dominican Republic are worried for their safety following the 2 June 2010 attack on José Yordi Veras Rodríguez, the producer and presenter of a discussion programme on privately-owned Boreal Televisión-Canal 25, who was shot in the neck and jaw by an unidentified gunman as he arrived at the TV station.
The TV show host was rushed to a hospital, where doctors said his injuries were not life-threatening. The motive for the shooting is not yet known.
Veras is also a lawyer who sometimes defends sensitive cases, so the motive may have been linked to one of these.
The shooting serves as a reminder that, despite its reassuring touristic image, the Dominican Republic continues to be a dangerous country in which journalists who dare to tackle such subjects as drug trafficking or corruption are still exposed to threats, reprisals and physical attacks.
The attack took place shortly after 6 am, as Veras was about to park his car outside Boreal Televisión-Canal 25. A hooded man appeared and fired through the window on the driver's side. Members of the TV station's staff rushed Veras to a hospital where he underwent surgery. Doctors later said he was out of danger.
It was in Santiago de los Caballeros that Normando García, a cameraman with privately-owned Teleunión, was murdered in August 2008. The authorities should respond to this latest shooting by taking energetic measures to protect journalists and media workers. Until now, their response has not been adequate.
Press freedom watchdog, Reporters Without Borders, said it hopes that the motive for the 2 June shooting will be quickly established and that justice will be served.
Veras is the son of Ramón Antonio Veras, a prominent human rights lawyer and opponent of Gen. Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, who ruled the Dominican Republic as dictator from 1930 to 1961.
News Update June 8th 2010
Impunity is complicity
DR1.com - Founder of the AMET force in the DR, engineer Hamlet Hermann says that the case of the attempted murder against news commentator Jordi Veras Rodriguez in Santiago, is another example of the complicity to the government with crime. "Assassins for hire seem acceptable in these times, despite the modernity that President Leonel Fernandez claims for the nation. And what is happening in Santiago where criminality and impunity have grown exorbitantly?" he asks. "In this country the authorities pretend to be deaf and live in a state of absolute denial," he writes in Hoy. "Those that are so anxious to hold on to power are not measuring the consequences of these crimes against the honest and serious sectors in the country. This criminal attack against Jordi Veras Rodriguez, son of lawyer Ramon Antonio Veras, is an attempt against all of us who combat government corruption and the growing misery, despite the fallacies touted by the Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund," he writes.
He says that the murders that are happening in plain daylight can only be explained by the "absolute impunity that someone has guaranteed for local and foreign assassins by contract."
"And that is why we cannot abandon the idea that crime is on the rise in the DR thanks to the impunity that comes forth from the complicity of military, police, judges and government officers in the commission of all kinds of crimes," he concludes.