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Dominican Today: Sale of Shell’s Dominican refinery shares doesn’t detain probe, prosecutors say

25 July 2007
 
SANTO DOMINGO. – The Justice minister and the anti-corruption prosecutor said separately yesterday the sale of the shares on the part of the company Shell will not detain “under any circumstance” the investigation into the alleged alterations of shipping invoices on the part of the Dominican Petroleum Refinery (Refidomsa) executives.

Justice minister Radhamés Jiménez said “only the death” of those allegedly implicated in the process would detain the criminal probe. Anti-corruption prosecutor Octavio Líster said the sale of Shell’s shares doesn’t change the legal situation. “If the action was committed and we manage to prove it, because evidently that aside of whom acquires the shares, whom would not have to do with that, the people in charge would have to respond before the courts.”

He said he awaits the Accounts Chamber audit to see if some type of irregularities were committed to file charges and if on the contrary, he’d close the case.

In another topic, Líster said his office has yet to decide if it will appeal the verdict in the case of the greenhouse nurseries, and accused the judge who read it of, “reciting a prepared sentence.”

A National District Collegiate Court found the ex-Agriculture minister Eligio Jáquez, and 7 others not guilty of the alleged irregularities in the distribution of those greenhouses during the government of Hipólito Mejía.
 
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