|DR1.com - In an op-ed piece in El Caribe, lawyer Leila Mejia wonders why, when there were "evident connections" between Spaniard Arturo del Tiempo Marques and cocaine trafficking prior to the inaugural of the Atiemar highrise, Del Tiempo was not arrested by the Police. She says the point is made in a news story published online in Spain. |
Del Tiempo Marques, who was arrested in Spain on 2 March, is being held on suspicion of drug trafficking. In Santo Domingo he was known as a successful real estate developer and his company was responsible for the recently inaugurated Atiemar luxury high rise with its 450m2 apartments worth US$1.3 million each, but which is now under investigation for money laundering by the Dominican and Spanish governments.
On 5 November 2009, the Dominican police confiscated a 935-kilo cocaine shipment detected at Caucedo Port on board a freighter ship that had arrived from Venezuela. The drugs were hidden in a consignment of polished granite and their final destination was Valencia. The cargo was being sent to Hispano Dominicana de Importaciones y Exportaciones, based in Madrid, and set up by Del Tiempo in May 2009 for the import, export and trading in marble and natural stones. "Despite the evident connections between the cargo and the businessman, who had even traveled to Spain days before the confiscation, supposedly to receive the cocaine, the Caribbean police did not arrest him," writes the Spanish publication.
Leila Mejia says this is a shameful matter for Dominicans because it "demonstrates at an international level the many irregularities that surround government in this country".
Mejia comments that last week the Prosecutor General in Spain revealed that Del Tiempo Marques, who was not known for his business activities in Spain, had "exported" at least two containers a month of marble from the DR to Spain for the past two years.
She also recalls that two months ago District Prosecutor Alejandro Moscoso Segarra said that he would shortly announce the list of the people who had purchased apartments in the Atiemar high-rise. However, she says, the prosecutor appears to be suffering from selective amnesia.
The Dominican Police General is one of those who have an apartment in the Cocaine Tower(Torre Atiemar)