SANTO DOMINGO – A Dominican civic organization announced it will file a criminal complaint for corruption against the mayor of the country’s second-largest city, Santiago.
Jose Enrique Sued, a political ally of the ruling PLD party, has been mayor of Santiago for 12 of the past 16 years.
The Dominican Alliance against Corruption, or Adocco, said it will ask government prosecutors to charge Sued with misuse of public money.
Adocco’s Julio Cesar de la Rosa Tiburcio said they have proof of Sued’s acts of corruption in the northern city, where, he said, “there is a blatant practice of nepotism.”
“Financial disorder” also exists, along with the concession of lucrative public works contracts to people close to the mayor.
Sued was defeated last Sunday in his bid for a third consecutive term, losing to Gilberto Serulle of the main opposition PRD party.
De la Rosa Tiburcio recommended establishing an oversight committee to check on the funds that Sued’s office receives during the transition period, and said it should include Santiago Bishop Ramon de la Rosa y Carpio and the jurist Ramon Veras.
That should be done, he said, “because of the fear and legitimate suspicion that the municipal treasury will be laid waste.”
In the same vein, Mayor-elect Serulle asked the Dominican controller-general’s office to audit the Santiago municipal government, saying that “for years there have been reports” about irregularities. EFE