Weekly Report - 23 September 2021 (WR-21-38)

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Abinader hails blow to corruption

José Ignacio Paliza, the Dominican Republic’s administrative minister for the presidency, warned this week that any citizen who has committed or is linked to an illicit act “will have to face justice, even if they are a member of our party” [the ruling Partido Revolucionario Moderno, PRM]. Paliza’s warning follows a major operation (Falcón), which took place on 8 September, as part of a drug-trafficking and money-laundering investigation which implicates sitting legislators and has so far resulted in 21 arrests. President Luis Abinader is hailing the operation, which the attorney general’s office (AG) has described as one of the biggest blows to organised crime so far, as a sign of a key electoral pledge – tackling corruption.

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