Appeals Court judges order former Attorney General to stay in jail

Judges Doris Pujols, Carmen Mancebo and Daisy Idhira Montás of the National District Court of Appeals ordered former Attorney General Office to stay in jail due to the seriousness of the case against him (Operation Medusa), high flight risk and evidence of obstruction of evidence in the investigation. Former Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez is in Najayo Men’s Jail as the Operation Medusa corruption and money laundering case is investigated. Rodríguez sought to be freed on bail or domiciliary arrest as the case is investigated.

Rodríguez criticized he is the only one in jail for the charges of irregularities in the construction of the Nueva Victoria jail. He argued he is in jail as a vengeance of the present prosecution authorities. Rodríguez had accused today Attorney General Miriam German of irregularities that lead to her removal from her position as chief justice in the Supreme Court of Justice Penal Chamber. Many of the irregularities he presented during a session of the National Council of the Magistracy did not check out when investigated by independent journalists.

Rodíguez spoke for more than half an hour to defend his request for release from jail. The hearing lasted half a day. Rodriguez said that in the Odebrecht bribes case all accused were allowed free on bail or domiciliary arrest. He insisted the accusations against him have not been sustained with evidence. His defense said the case will be appealed in the Supreme Court of Justice.

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9 September 2021