Thursday, March 2, 2016,
Santo Domingo, D.N.
The National Committee on Combating Climate Change, CNLCC, demanded that after rejection of the application for approval of the agreement signed between the Attorney General’s Office and Odebrecht, proceed without delay to deal with complaints filed by the entity Against Odebrecht and Attorney Jean Alain Rodríguez.
It considered that the first and most immediate consequence of the ruling issued yesterday by Judge Alejandro Vargas, coordinator of the National District’s investigating magistrates, is for the National District Attorney’s Office to prosecute against Odebrecht and its principal executives in the country for bribery and association of malefactors interposed by the organization.
It also stated that the Superior Council of the Public Prosecutor’s Office must appoint an assistant prosecutor to hear the complaint it filed against the Attorney General of the Republic, Jean Alain Rodríguez for prevarication, by obstructing with the agreement signed with Odebrecht, the persecution against the mega-corruption of this company, that confessed to have paid $ 92 million in bribes to officials to obtain the contracts that were awarded to them between the years 2002 and 2014.
The group recalled that on February 9, it filed both complaints respectively before the Prosecutor’s Office of the National District and the Attorney General’s Office, covered by Article 85 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which establishes that the victim or its legal representative may be constituted as prosecutor and to prosecute.
“The Dominican society, of which we are a part, has been a victim of Odebrecht’s mega-corruption, which has meant millions of losses through the payment of bribes and overvaluation of projects over the last twelve years,” it said.
It added that article 85 of the Code of Criminal Procedure recognizes members of the society as punishable acts committed by public officials in the exercise of their functions and in violations of human rights.
It described the decision of Judge Vargas on the application for approval of the agreement between the Attorney General and Odebrecht as correct and that it recognizes teachings and honors the judiciary.
It indicated that Judge Alejandro Vargas’ ruling acknowledges that the allegations against Odebrecht are serious infringements involving the prosecution, therefore the entity understands that these must be heard by the instance established by law.
“We are plaintiffs and we want the competent court to hear our accusation of bribery and association of wrongdoers and decide on our request to convict the principal executives of Odebrecht to ten years of imprisonment to each of them and to the highest amounts of fines established by the bribery law, and that the company be condemned to permanent cease of operations as established by Law 340-06 of Public Contracts, “it explained.
It also stated that the deputy prosecutor who appoints the Superior Council of the Public Ministry of the complaint against the Attorney General of the Republic, must present the charge of corrupt practice against Jean Alain Rodríguez before the Supreme Court.
It pointed out that in the face of the passivity of the government and judicial authorities, civil society has taken the initiative to initiate proceedings before the courts of the Republic, “because the Dominican people demand punishment against the corrupt and that the impunity ceases.”
“Before the government of Danilo Medina that protects and manages Odebrecht and its mega-corruption,civil society has every right guaranteed by the Constitution and laws to take independent legal action against these criminals who have stolen the resources of the Dominican people, it further clarified.
It affirmed that the courts are obliged to hear these complaints and to decide on them, the citizenship having the right to present them and await the decisions of the courts.
NATIONAL COMMITTEE ON COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE, CNLCC