Merchants undertake to assume a rise in basic necessity products

The Dominican Federation of Merchants (FDC) and representatives of supermarkets and grocery stores from all regions of the country committed this Wednesday with the National Institute for the Protection of Consumer Rights (Pro Consumidor) to assume the price increase of the items in the family basket that have been registered in the last few weeks.

The representatives of the commercial sector headed by the president of the FDC, Iván García, agreed to the request of the head of Pro Consumidor, Eddy Alcántara, of assume these increases until the productive sectors of the country address the issue with the President of the Republic on the situation that is occurring in the international market with the increase in raw materials of some products made in the country.

“The commercial sector will assume any increase that occurs in the coming weeks in the items of the family basket until the government can address this issue and seek a solution or a solution if they exist to try to produce some effect on the national market that do not affect consumers in the country, “said Alcántara at the end of the meeting held at the entity’s headquarters.

On his side, the president of the Dominican Federation of Merchants explained that “we reached this agreement with the director of Pro consumer to benefit the almost 11 million consumers in the Dominican Republic”.

Iván García took the opportunity to make a call to all merchants to respect this agreement and assume these price increases “showing that we as a sector are committed to increasing the purchasing power of the Dominican people every day and not decreasing it. due to the increases that have occurred in this month of May ”.


Plenary session of the JCE has the termination of 22 servers for “serious misconduct”

The plenary session of the Central Electoral Board (JCE) ordered the cancellation of 22 of its servers for committing serious offenses that represent violations of the ethical and disciplinary regime of the institution.

Of these 22 dismissals, seven occurred in the Civil Registry Office of the 4th. District of Santo Domingo Este. Also, there are 3 Civil Status officers in the dependencies of Baní (2nd. Circumscription), San Ignacio de Sabaneta and Santo Domingo Este (4th. Circumscription).

The information was given through a press document that does not specify what were those serious offenses committed by public servants.

“These personnel actions are part of the plan that the JCE Plenary has to reorganize each of its dependencies and turn the institution into a benchmark of transparency for the Dominican Republic and, in this way, strengthen the country’s democratic institutionality” , reads the press document.

In attention to the actions of personnel that are part of the plan that the #PlenoJCE to reorganize its dependencies and make the institution a benchmark for #transparency for the #Dominican Republic and strengthen the democratic institutionality of the country.

– JCE (@juntacentral) May 12, 2021


Suspected death of Maëlys de Araújo sentenced to 20 years in prison for another homicide

Nordahl Lelandais, the suspect in the death of Maëlys de Araújo, a nine-year-old Portuguese descendant abducted from her parents in August 2017, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the death of a young military man and does not intend to appeal the sentence.

At the announcement of his conviction, on Tuesday night, in the court of Chambéry, in the French region of Savoie, Nodahl Lelandais was said to have been “unperturbed”, journalists at the scene described. The man admitted to killing young military man Arthur Noye and will not appeal the 20-year prison sentence.

“I have defended many families of victims and I know what the suffering of a second lawsuit is for these families. Not to appeal is also to respect the victim,” argued Alain Jakubowicz, a lawyer for Lelandais.

The French prosecutor’s office had asked for a 30-year sentence for the 24-year-old’s “seriousness of murder”, but the victim’s family said they were “satisfied” with the conviction.

Back to court in 2022

As for the lawsuit by Maëlys de Araújo, the nine-year old Portuguese girl who disappeared on August 27, 2017, when she was in a marriage with her parents, in Pont-de-Beauvoisin, and who would later be found dead days later, Nordah Lelandais he will return to the dock in 2022. The Frenchman was, in September of that year, formally accused of kidnapping and, in November, he was accused of murder. On February 14, 2018, after the child’s blood was discovered in his car, Lelandais confessed that he killed her “unintentionally” and took the police to the mountainous location where he buried her remains. The following month, at the hearing by the investigating judges of the Grenoble court, Nordahl Lelandais indicated that the girl got in the car to go and see her dogs and attributed the death to a slap that she gave when she panicked inside the vehicle.

It was after the suspect’s arrest in this case that the Frenchman admitted killing Arthur Noyer.


Puerto Rican boxer Verdejo pleads not guilty to murder of young man

The Puerto Rican boxer Félix Verdejo pleaded not guilty this Tuesday of the four crimes associated with the murder of Keishla Rodríguez, the young woman with whom he had an extramarital relationship and whose death shocked the island’s society, during the formal hearing of charges before a federal jury.

The 27-year-old media boxer, who until recently was considered the hope of Puerto Rican boxing, gave his statement virtually from the federal prison in Guaynabo, a municipality near San Juan, where he remains imprisoned after being implicated in the murder of the young and presumably in the company of his buddy, Luis Antonio Cádiz, who also pleaded not guilty today.

The federal prosecutor’s office notified the court on Sunday that the crimes for which Verdejo and Cádiz are accused are eligible for capital punishment, although it did not clarify whether that sentence will be requested from the federal Department of Justice.

During the hearing, Magistrate Camille Vélez informed Verdejo of the charges that were set against her by a grand jury last week, which included robbery with violence of a vehicle (“carjacking”) that led to the murder of Keishla Rodríguez, kidnapping that led to murder, death of an unborn child, and use of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.


Verdejo appeared before Judge Vélez for the arraignment accompanied by federal legal aid attorney Laura Maldonado, private attorney José Irizarry Pérez and David Ruhnke, an expert in death penalty cases and assigned by the court.

The athlete, in his statement before the magistrate, said that he was not under psychiatric treatment and that he understood the judicial procedure he is facing. After ensuring that he read the indictment issued by a federal grand jury, he pleaded not guilty on all counts.

Prosecutor Jonathan Gottfried requested that the boxer remain detained and without bail until the trial against him, for representing a flight risk and a danger to the community, a request accepted by the judge.

Verdejo faces four federal criminal charges, while Cádiz, 28, weighs three.

Cádiz, the alleged accomplice of the fighter and who collaborated with the police to clarify the case, also appeared virtually and pleaded not guilty to the murder of the 27-year-old girl.

The alleged accomplice was represented by federal legal aid attorney José Aguayo and Gary Proctor, who was appointed by the federal court as an expert attorney in cases eligible for the death penalty.


Local media stress that it remains to be seen if Cádiz will change its position and plead guilty as part of its arrangement with the federal prosecutor’s office.

His goal would be to obtain a sentence less than the maximum amount of the federal charges he faces, which could result in life imprisonment or the death penalty.

Cádiz’s participation became known when it was included together with Verdejo in the indictment issued by a federal grand jury.

There is a gag order on the case to prevent public disclosure of any information that has not been published without restriction in the case file or that has not been openly discussed at any hearing.

The two defendants are charged with “carjacking,” a kidnapping that resulted in the death of one person and the death of an unborn baby.

The police investigation indicates that Verdejo contacted Cádiz to request help in order to end the girl’s pregnancy after she informed him that she was expecting a child.

Verdejo, according to the police report, contacted the victim on April 29, who after arriving at the agreed place got into the boxer’s vehicle, who hit her in the face and with the help of Cádiz they injected her with a syringe with drugs.

Both tied the victim by the arms and feet with a cable, tied a weight block to her, and went to the Teodoro Moscoso bridge near the Puerto Rican capital, where she was thrown into the water.

Verdejo also shot the victim from the bridge.

Rodríguez’s body was found on May 1 on the shore of the San José lagoon, near the Teodoro Moscoso bridge, where the police found a bullet casing.


The Dominican Republic has already built 23 km of fence on the border with Haiti

The Dominican Republic has already built 23 kilometers of fence on the border with Haiti, in works begun before the president Luis Abinader announce its plans to erect a fence along the entire dividing line to curb immigration and smuggling.

The sections built are located at the border crossings of Jimaní and Elías Piña, the second and third in importance between the two countries, and the works are still underway, according to General Santo Domingo Guerrero Clase, director of Plans and Operations of the General Staff, told Efe.

The construction has been carried out by the Army with discretion, without major announcements by the Dominican authorities, who seek to control irregular immigration, in addition to curbing smuggling, arms trafficking and drugs, as well as the theft of vehicles and livestock.


The longest section of the fence starts on the banks of the lago Azuei and meanders through the arid hills that border the Dominican city of Jimaní, the closest to the border crossing located on the highway that connects Santo Domingo with Puerto Principe.

The gate, about four meters high, sits on a brick wall of cement and is topped by a spiral of wire with blades, already with rust marks in some sections due to the humidity of the lake.

Guarded at all hours by the soldiers of the Specialized Land Border Security Corps (Cesfront), the fence cuts in two the stony paths that were used by smugglers and traffickers to access Dominican land from the lake, according to the military guarding the area. fence.

The other section already completed, built between 2019 and 2020, rises in the hills near Elías Piña, the official passage between the Dominican Republic and Haiti, located in the center of the Caribbean island.


Last February, President Abinader solemnly announced, during his speech before the National Congress, the construction of a fence along the entire border, accompanied by technological systems, such as facial recognition cameras, motion sensors and infrared.

The objective, according to Abinader, is to end irregular immigration, drug trafficking, smuggling and theft of vehicles and livestock within two years.

General José Manuel Durán, commander of the Cesfront, explained to Efe that the fence will not cover the 380 kilometers of the border, since it will not be necessary in mountainous areas, and will only be installed in “neuralgic places”, which are currently considered as “vulnerable”.

“All the threats that we face on a daily basis, with this work, will be significantly controlled, because there is no way to pass a cow that was stolen from the Dominican side by a height of 15 feet, nor a vehicle,” said General Durán in Dajabón, the main passage between the Dominican Republic and Haiti, located in the north of the island, and where there is still no gate.

Currently, companies interested in the new fence project are preparing their surveys to present proposals for the construction, which should start before the end of the year.

According to military sources, the new gate will probably begin to be built through Pedernales, the southernmost border crossing and the least traveled of the four officers.


Before announcing the construction, the Dominican government informed the Haitian government of its plans, although the construction takes place entirely through Dominican territory, about four meters from the border milestones.

The work has caused controversy and has been criticized by both Dominican and Haitian merchants and businessmen, as well as by human rights organizations.

The Haitian activist Jesula Blanc, coordinator of the Cross-Border Dialogue Table, values ​​that the fence is a “disadvantage for vulnerable people,” especially for the thousands of migrants who cross each month to the Dominican Republic to look for work.

“What we can see is that they want to put more conflict, turn the peoples back,” Blanc told Efe in his office in the Haitian city of Ouanaminthe, from where he works mediating conflicts that arise between the two countries on the Dajabón border. .


Attendance at pastoral services was mandatory

Pastor Rossy Guzmán Sánchez, accused in the Coral case, held evangelical services every Monday in the esplanade of the Presidential Security Corps, but the guard or police officer who refused to attend was punished with up to 10 days in prison.

That was an order issued by Major General Adán Cáceres, who, according to testimonies from members of the Corps of Military Assistants, even transferred personnel for non-attendance at religious services.

This activity, which took place every Monday, from 10:00 in the morning until 1:00 in the afternoon, and sometimes until 2:00, was attended by almost a thousand people, both on duty and free.

“If I was free that Monday, I had to be forced to attend the service, because there was a list that was passed on and the one who did not respond to his name was a prisoner. They summoned us to the executive office to apply the corresponding sanction, “said a policeman who requested that his name be reserved.

She explained that the services were organized by the pastor’s family, who sang praises, preached and had their own marching band.

“I don’t remember a psalm. I don’t remember a single verse that was read there, because they didn’t mention it. They talked about anything but God. They were empty cults. God was never felt in that place. It was under the macaneo and nobody could move from his chair ”, said a guard.


12 kilos of gold seized in hand luggage from two travelers in Colombia

The Police and the Colombian Prosecutor’s Office seized 38 gold bars (11.63 kilos) that were transported by two people who intended to carry them in their hand luggage from the Inírida airport (Guainía, east of the country) to Bogotá.

The gold, valued at 2,400 million pesos ($ 640,000) and seized on April 7, would have been extracted illegally, according to the Prosecutor’s Office in a statement sent this Monday.

“In the verifications it was found that the travelers did not have certificates of origin or documents that support the possession of the gold,” detailed the Prosecutor’s Office, which imposed precautionary measures for the seizure and seizure of the seized assets.

In addition, he added that they have indications that the gold bars are related to a “money laundering model”.

In the department of Guainía, along with neighboring Vaupés and Amazonas, bordering Brazil, multiple illegal mining activities are carried out, a source of financing for armed groups and dissidents of the extinct FARC guerrilla.

The total number of hectares affected by the exploitation of alluvial gold in Colombia increased by 6% compared to the figure registered in 2018, according to the latest report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Within this increase there was also an increase in the destruction of protected areas that are part of the National Natural Parks, due to the extraction of both gold and other minerals or coal.


Hipólito says Dominican society is in a progressive deterioration

Santo Domingo, RD.

Former President Hipólito Mejía considered that Dominican society has been in a progressive deterioration for years.

Mejía’s assessment came after questions from journalists about whether the country’s military estates should be purged after the Operation Coral case, which the Public Ministry has brought to justice.

Mejía said that civil society, journalists, agronomists must be purged … “That is not exclusive to the guards, it is Dominican society, it is Dominican society that has been in progressive deterioration for many years, that is not a game. “Said former President Mejía in the lobby of the National Palace, where he went this morning.

At the insistence of journalists to assess Operation Coral, he said that the results of justice should be awaited. “That is a problem of justice,” he said.

And when asked if it was political persecution against the previous government, he asked to ask the Attorney General of the Republic, Miriam Germán Brito. “What I know is agriculture,” said the former president.

Former President Mejía was also asked about the statement by Danilo Medina, also a former president of the country, who said there were no reasons for the Dominican Liberation Party not to win the 2024 elections.

“I think that pod has been put away from Danilo,” he said.


Purple party completes its renovation

After four hours of voting, the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) yesterday elected 34 new heads of the secretaries and working bodies.

After 9:00 in the morning, leaders and aspirants to the different secretariats of the purple party began to register in the registration centers prepared for the occasion.

With 71.60% (890) of 1,243 members that make up the Central Committee, the new incumbents of the referred management bodies were elected.

After the swearing in, led by former president Danilo Medina, and president of the PLD, those chosen by the PLD secretary general, Charlie Mariotti, were announced.

Medina exhorted those selected to work for the party “, and believes that” there are no reasons why the PLD should not win in 2024. ” On his side, Mariotti stressed that “for almost 20 years we did not elect secretaries and secretaries.”

He also said that “this is a historic, democratic and pristine event, to continue restructuring the Dominican Liberation Party and enter the renovation phase.”

The list of winners was headed by Héctor Olivo, Communications; Alejandrina Germán, Political Formation; Julio César Valentín, International Relations; Rafael Sánchez Cárdenas, Health; Andrés Mercedes, Education; Milton Reyes, Higher Education Science and Technology; Olgo Fernández Rodríguez, Public Works.

Also elected were Eduardo Selman, Finance; Rubén Bichara, Enlace y Comunicación Interna; Gaddis Corporán, Energías y Minas; Jhovanny Leyba, Industry and Commerce; Alfonso Ureña, Environment; Winston Santos, Social Security; Soterio Ramírez, Sports; Michael Matos, Youth; Radhames Camacho, Magisterial Affairs, among others.

This event took place at the Sans Souci Convention Center, under the supervision of the Central Electoral Board (JCE). For the voting, there were 50 automated voting support machines.


For the celebration of this election day of the Dominican Liberation Party, 34 ballots were introduced to the voting teams, in which the holders of the same number of secretariats were selected through electronic scrutiny.

The coordination and direction of the election of the event was in charge of Danilo Díaz, Miriam Cabral, Armando García, Rafael Paz, Thelma Eusebio, Emerson Vegazo, Isauri Delgado and Juan Luis Bello.


Putin: Russia will defend its geopolitical interests

Russian President Vladimir Putin assured on Sunday that his country will “firmly” defend its geopolitical interests, in the celebration that marks the victory over Nazism in 1945 and at a time of increasing Russian-Western tensions.

“Russia incessantly defends international law. At the same time, we will firmly defend our national interests and guarantee the safety of our people, ”Putin said, before hundreds of military personnel in dress uniforms gathered in Red Square.

Ideas of nazism
Putin assured that the ideas born of Nazism “are updated” and that there is a return of “racist speeches, national superiority, anti-Semitism and Russophobia.”

The Russian president did not specify the target of his criticism, but for years he has not stopped accusing nationalist forces of gaining influence in neighboring Ukraine, from which he annexed the Crimean peninsula in 2014 after a pro-Western revolution.

In addition, Putin systematically accuses his American and European rivals of anti-Russian policies, rejecting the accusations against Russia, which has been sanctioned on several occasions for cyberattacks, the repression of the opposition, its role in the Ukraine conflict or spy scandals.

One source of contention is the imposition of Western sanctions on top Russian officials for the August 2020 poisoning of the Kremlin’s top critic Alexei Navalni, who was jailed earlier this year.

This year, the military parade on May 9 is held in a context of new tensions, following the deployment in April of tens of thousands of Russian soldiers on the borders of Ukraine, raising fears of a possible offensive.

Moscow said they were exercises in response to increased NATO activities in Eastern Europe. A withdrawal began on April 23, but according to Kiev, NATO and Washington it is insufficient.

More than 12,000 men and 190 vehicles and weapon systems began parading after the speech to the head of state and an audience of officers and veterans for this traditional parade marking victory over the Nazis in World War II.


In more than 20 years in power, Putin placed this date at the center of his policy, extolling the sacrifice of the Soviets and regularly accusing his Western adversaries of historical anti-Russian “revisionism” for trying to minimize the role of the Soviet Union in the defeat of Adolf Hitler. For 69% of Russians, it is the main holiday of the year.