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Haitians caught fishing for prohibited species in Monte Cristi’s protected area were sentenced to preventive detention. The Ministry of Environment reports that four days after three Haitian nationals were caught illegally fishing in Cayo Monte Chico, belonging to the Cayo Siete Hermanos protected area in Monte Cristi, the accused were sentenced to one month of preventive detention as a coercive measure.

Judge Javierka Antonia Gómez of the Permanent Attention Office of the Judicial District of Montecristi imposed the measure against “Willin, Jean and Junior” for violating Environment Law 64-00. This is a first because Haitian marauders usually were just set free. The problem with many of the Haitians caught violating Dominican environmental regulations is that they are undocumented and most do not have any legal identity. So it has been difficult to take...

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