Constitutional Court excludes forgery from naturalization beneficiaries

The Constitutional Court has issued ruling 309-14 establishing that anyone who incurs in forgery or identity theft or any other fraudulent activity linked to their citizenship cannot benefit from the provisions for naturalization under Law 169-14 in cases. The fraudulent act nevertheless needs to be attributable to the beneficiary. The decision was issued in response to a request made by Wander Reyes, who was irregularly issued Dominican documentation, but challenged the JCE’s refusal to recognize these documents. The Constitutional Court explained that Reyes is precisely an example of the cases that Law 169-14 seeks to resolve, admitting weaknesses of the civil registry over the years in issuing Dominican legal documentation. The court orders the JCE to accept the documentation that Wander Reyes has received so far as valid.