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Santo Domingo.- Customs director Juan Fernandez said the government opted not to implement the "pernicious" X-ray inspection contract in ports because the security of the country’s supply chain logistics cannot be left to private companies, and that its use isn’t a “cure-all” in the war on drug trafficking and customs crimes.

The official’s statement over the X-ray inspections in Dominican ports further stokes the scandal dogging New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez.

"We will not execute this contract. The Customs Agency isn’t going to argue about this, as you may have noticed," he said and revealed it has preferred legal channels, noting that the pact "doesn’t withstand the slightest scrutiny of decency and decorum."

Speaking in the Dominican exporters’ (Adoexpo) luncheon at the Embajador Hotel, Fernández said the government will do all it can to install X-ray machines in ports at Haina and Puerto Plata, but under official authority.

He said because it was a "pernicious" contract it drew president Danilo Medina’s attention, and rejected by his two predecessors, Rafael Camilo and the late Miguel Cocco.


On Friday Vinicio Castillo Seman, a prominent attorney and cousin of famed eye doctor Salomon Melgen, denied forming part of the deal to install the X-ray machines. “This is all a lie, Melgen simply bought the rights to the contract.”

He said the accusation stems from a “vicious” campaign which targets New Jersey senator Bob Menendez, though Melgen.

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6 comment(s)
Written by: generoso, 15 Mar 2013 9:42 AM
From: Dominican Republic
The good doctor Melgen has to stop insisting on getting his investment money back, by being extremely greedy.
Dr. Melgen should learn the lesson from his past mistakes, and try to lay low for a while. He might be pushing his luck too far, and might even end up in Federal prison, after the audit being performed by the feds are finalized.
Just because he has friends in high places does not make him an "untouchable".
Written by: BASTA, 15 Mar 2013 9:45 AM
From: Dominican Republic, =Ghetto/Legalize Drugs/Free abortions for all Never Confuse Education with Intelligence
^^3***s 2++s
Written by: foresthill, 15 Mar 2013 10:03 AM
From: Dominican Republic, santo domingo
only in the DR would Melgen be immune from Domincan justice.
Written by: jasfalon, 15 Mar 2013 11:13 AM
From: United States

Menendez is all done as a Senator. It's coming soon. Adios scumbag!
Written by: sweetbabyj, 15 Mar 2013 12:22 PM
From: United States
One for the public, two for the operators, three for bribes, four for the good Senator. Show some courage and name names
Written by: Perception This user is banned, 15 Mar 2013 12:29 PM
From: United States, § 12 - 'A' D'is'CI'P'L'E of P'L'at'O'.
Everyone gets a warning.!!!
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