Yeni Berenice on Squid: It is organized crime that is rarely seen in the region

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Santo Domingo, DR: The deputy prosecutor and prosecution director of the Public Ministry, Yeni Berenice Reynoso, assured that the case of Operation Squid had been the most complex case she handled due to how it operated.

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“This process, this network that touched public assets in an unprecedented way in the history of the country, up to now is the most complex case, of how it worked, of how different officials from the State coalesced to divert millionaire funds from the public patrimony,” said the director.

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Complex Case

She also indicated that it is practically imminent that the case against several former officials of the past government administration, including a former candidate for the presidency, will not be declared complex.

“There is no way it would not be declared complex. What we can tell you is that it is a complex investigation. It is an accusation that is important that people, before evaluating it, take, at least, the responsibility of reading it, of seeing the charges that are in the process charged in this case, “said the deputy attorney.

Depth investigation

Berenice Reynoso emphasized the standards taken into account to carry out the operation launched last Saturday night, through which at least 40 raids were carried out in different parts of the country.

“This is a process in which the Public Ministry has been conducting a thorough investigation for several months in accordance with the highest standards of investigation for the organized crime network, because this case is about an organized crime network that is rarely seen in the region,” said the magistrate.

long working hours

She also took the opportunity to explain that the staff of the Public Ministry exhaust shifts of up to 18 hours of work to substantiate the files presented in court.

“The Public Prosecutor, without resting, often working days of up to 18 hours, from Monday to Monday, has made a preliminary accusation of charges for the purpose of requesting a measure of coercion, more than supported, more than accredited, with evidence that could be classified as superabundant for this stage of the process in which we find ourselves”, he explained.
Her words:

“This is a process in which the Public Ministry has been conducting a thorough investigation for several months in accordance with the highest standards of investigations for an organized crime network because this case is about an organized crime network that is rarely seen in the region.”

“In this sense, the Public Ministry, without rest, often working days of up to 18 hours, from Monday to Monday, has made a preliminary accusation of charges for the purpose of requesting a measure of coercion, more than supported, more than accredited, with evidence that could be described as superabundant for this stage of the process in which we find ourselves”.

“There is no way that it is not declared complex, this process, this network that touched public assets in an unprecedented way in the history of the country, so far it is the most difficult case, of how it worked, of how from the State, different officials coalesced to divert millionaire funds from public patrimony.

“What we can tell you is that it is a complex investigation. It is an accusation that it is important that people, before evaluating it, take, at least, the responsibility of reading it, of seeing the charges that are in the process imputed in this case”.

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