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Dominican Today: Shell backs a probe, rejects Dominican Government’s “slander”

21 June 2007 
 
SANTO DOMINGO.- The top executive of the firm Shell in the country said today Thursday his presence in the Dominican Accounts Chamber seeks to cooperate with the investigation ordered by the Justice Ministry, after the Government waged a “slander” campaign agaisnt the multinational last week, by alleging it “altered” fuel imported invoices, bilking the country out of millions of dollars.

Rafael Maradiaga said in a statement received by Dominican Today that he went to the Accounts Chamber invited by its president Andrés Terrero. “Our presence confirms our position of absolute cooperation in any investigation that is made in order to assure the transparency that must be priority in a private company, though of mixed capital, as Refidomsa is.”

The multinational’s executive said all situations regarding Refidomsa must be the subject of the probe, “for the sake of transparency,” and in adherence to what its statutes stipulate.  “We want to ratify our indignation and rejection to the campaign of slander and falsifications that Shell has been withstanding, encouraged by virtue of a report prepared by some members of the State’s representation in the Refidomsa Administration Council.”

He said the Refidomsa Administration Council’s 8 members make all decisions in equal parts, as equal partners.

Shell’s top executive in the Dominican Republic said the treatment they received from the highest instances of the Government isn’t in “consonance” with the fluid and open communication sustained to date.

Maradiaga’s statements come in the wake of last week’s announced sale by Shell of its 50 percent stake in Refidomsa, the country’s only petroleum refinery, and the start of the investigation by Corruption Prevention Department director, Octavio Lister.
 

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