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Dominican Today: Dominican Customs joins the Shell-Refinery scandal

3 August 2007
SANTO DOMINGO. – The Dominican Customs Agency (DGA) said it began proceedings against the oil company Shell Limited, to safeguard the State’s tax interests regarding alterations of fuel shipment manifests, as stated in a report of an investigation ordered by the Dominican Petroleum Refinery (Refidomsa).

Shell, which is an equal partner with the Dominican State in Refidomsa, is in negotiations to sell its shares.

In a statement, the DGA recommends that Refidomsa, Shell Ltd., and the possible buyers of shares in the Refinery make the corresponding reserves to cover the credit as the result of the measures it has taken. The DGA doesn’t specify which measures it adopted against Shell.

It said the statements by Rafael Maradiaga, Shell’s representative in the country and Refidomsa vice-president, regarding alterations of fuel imports manifests, imply a confession of Customs Law violation, which already prompted it to begin legal actions to defend the State’s tax interest.

The Customs Agency said Maradiaga had told the press that “alterations have been made in the manifests of shipments of hydrocarbon imports” and reiterated it has taken the pertinent measures to protect the State’s tax interest. and its sister non-profit websites,,,,,, and are owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia feature.

1 Comment on “Dominican Today: Dominican Customs joins the Shell-Refinery scandal”

  1. #1 Saleem John
    on Aug 6th, 2007 at 03:22

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