Dominican Representative Néstor Muñoz, who was linked to the trafficking of heavy weaponry into the Dominican Republic, is to be investigated by a magistrate of the Supreme Court of the Dominican Republic, according to the large-circulation daily Diario Libre.
Mr. Muñoz, speaking out in a session of the island's Congress, claimed that he had never visited Florida -- the state from where the weapons shipment to which he is linked was sent -- and asked the Chamber of Deputies (the DR's House of Representatives) that they investigate him.
|President's sister was accused of being dictator. Diario Libre|
Lucía Medina, President of the House, hushed Mr. Muñoz' request, claiming that it was in the hands of criminal authorities, subsequently shutting down the session of the House.
Rep. José Laluz, responding angrily to Ms. Medina ending the session of Congress early, accused her of being a dictator, a job which she apparently shares with her brother, the current President of the Republic.
The manner in which Ms. Medina ended the latest session of the House once questions were raised as to the speed and way in which her brother's Ministry of Justice has gone after a member of the opposition has fed speculation that Mr. Muñoz is the convenient patsy for the illegal funneling of weapons by individuals linked to the upper echelons of the current ruling party.
Given the notorious nature of the Dominican judicial system, it is unlikely that Mr. Muñoz will be convicted of anything; the whole objective here, some say, is to distract from Dominican government complacency as Washington arms the next dictator of Haiti.
Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Haiti's former democratically-elected president and subsequent victim of a US-backed coup, is currently campaigning for his political party, with Guy Philippe, the CIA hitman responsible for taking him down, publicly claiming that he has nothing to lose anymore and that he'll fight should he not be given a seat in the Senate, which confers much-needed immunity from prosecution from domestic indictments as well as from extradition to the US for drug crimes.
There's a group arming and acquiring uniforms on the island of Hispaniola; they seemingly have military objectives in mind, and there already appears to be a scapegoat to be blamed when the right spark sets off a prolonged, brutal conflict.