The Judicial Office of Permanent Attention Services issued three months of preventive detention against the captain of a vessel that capsized on May 16 with 13 people on board who would be transferred clandestinely to Puerto Rico, of which seven They were rescued while six are missing.

The measure was issued against Domingo Valdez Hilario for allegedly committing aggravated migrant smuggling. You must fulfill it at the Correction and Rehabilitation Center (CCR) of San Pedro de Macorís.

Through a press release, the Public Ministry explained that Valdez Hilario was brought to justice in the course of an investigation carried out by the San Pedro de Macorís Prosecutor’s Office with the assistance of the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office against the Smuggling of Migrants and Trafficking in Persons and the collaboration of the Navy of the Dominican Republic.

The request for a coercion measure states that around 10:08 in the morning on May 16, the accused Domingo Valdez Hilario was arrested red-handed, after the Dominican Republic Navy intercepted a vessel that capsized at sea altar, at approximately 8 nautical miles, off the sea coast of San Pedro de Macorís. He details that at the time of the arrest, Valdez Hilario was trying to transfer the group illegally to the neighboring nation.

It indicates that once the authorities visualized the aforementioned boat turned in the sea, seven people were found floating in the water, specifically in the vicinity of the yola, including Valdez Hilario, while the others are missing. It indicates that each person would pay sums of up to $ 5,000 for the trip.

Explains the instance that said defendant is allegedly part of a criminal group organized for the sole purpose of trafficking people to profit economically, without complying with the requirements to be able to leave the boat bound for the neighboring island of Puerto Rico, due to migratory steps unauthorized, after they successfully deceived obtaining an office to carry out raft fishing on the 15th of May 2020.

He said that in the course of the investigations they have obtained different testimonial and documentary evidence linking him to that criminal activity for which he could face a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

Since last March, when the current state of emergency was declared by the Executive Power to counter the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), eight men, including Valdez Hilario, have been arrested and brought to justice, achieving the Public Ministry that coercive measures of preventive detention have been imposed on them in different penitentiary areas of the country.

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