Operacion Calamar: Three former ministers during Medina administration arrested for alleged big-time corruption


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Feb 20, 2019
José Ramón Peralta, Gonzalo Castillo and Donald Guerrero / Acento

Former Minister of Hacienda Donald Guerrero, former Minister Administrative Minister of the Presidency Jose Ramon Peralta and former Minister of Public Works and Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) presidential candidate in 2020, Gonzalo Castillo were arrested and are now at the Palacio de Justicia of Ciudad Nueva awaiting pre-trial custody measures.

The investigation has been ongoing for years. The preliminary indictment of the Public Prosecutor’s Office against the defendants is for the association of criminals, embezzlement, a coalition of officials, falsification of public and private documents, bribery and illicit campaign financing on an unprecedented scale, and money laundering, among others.

The Public Prosecutors Office says that the corruption scheme dismantled distracted...

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Tropical geek in Las Terrenas
Jan 1, 2002
Isn't it weird that neither Leonel, nor Felix, nor Margarita, nor Danilo himself are behind bars? Smaller players are falling...


Jan 12, 2010
Not weird because it is a political game .If it were not, Mejia would be behind bars . Corruption in large or small doses has been occurring in nearly all Latin countries for many years and the game of imprisoning opposition political figures is most common in Latin and African countries . The DR now has joined the game.

JD Jones

Moderator - Covid 19 in DR & North Coast
Jan 7, 2016
Isn't it weird that neither Leonel, nor Felix, nor Margarita, nor Danilo himself are behind bars? Smaller players are falling...
Danilo and his crew went to the states for a "medical checkup"
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chico bill

Dogs Better than People
May 6, 2016
"Many have questioned the Public Prosecutors Office modus operandi noting there has been lots of circus and little consequences for impunity in the past and present prosecution efforts. Diario Libre editorial of 20 March 2023 questions the hour of the arrests on Saturday and Sunday and the house searches, pressing the point that since the investigations had years ongoing, it was very unlikely any evidence would be kept at the homes. The former ministers had also attended questioning of the authorities as summoned in the past."

Seems this method is used in other countries to make grandstand arrests to make it seem the current administration's political opponents are dangerous dudes.

I am beginning to think Abinader is no different than any other corrupt politician, and beware when his party loses an election because he will be subject to serious payback.
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Jan 12, 2010
It is very sad to see this country go along this path of imprisoning political opponents . To some extent it may because new ministers always bring in their cronies into their departmental offices and there is much less of a non political public service that one finds in the British system of Government that has been copied world wide. It was always thought that Leonel led a very corrupt government but corrupt practices were more common because of all the infra structure projects ,and thus all the contracts , he commenced. Before Leonel it was thought that Mejia was both corrupt and inept. Now this slippery slide has commenced I doubt if anyone of quality will put himself forward to serve in a Government and we will have only very ordinary, mediocre people wanting to be politicians . If there has been large scale corruption it should not be difficult to follow the money trail to the bank accounts of those politicians involved . To date there have been no reports of irregular bank transactions,


Jun 26, 2012
The anti-corruption operations: Operación Antipulpo, Coral, Medusa, and now Operación Calamar.

Operación 13
did not involve theft during the PLD administration; it was related to cheating during the lottery drawing that took place on 1 May 2021.

The National Lottery administrator at the time of the fraud, Luis Maisichell Dicent, was named to the post by president Abinader, and was jailed as a result of the scandal, but was found innocent of all charges.