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Higuey, Dominican Republic.- An Altagracia province (east) judge on Monday declared Spanish mogul Juan Jose (Pepe) Hidalgo in contempt of court and issued a warrant for his arrest, after failing to appear for a hearing in one of two criminal trials against him.

Criminal Court judge Andrés Delgado Rijo had subpoenaed Hidalgo to appear at a hearing several months ago, on charges by a U.S. investor, that he violated the real estate law in Punta Cana properties.

The president of Air Europa also failed to appear on Thursday last week, to face slander charges filed by Andrés Cordero Haché and Omar Chapman, lawyers for Cuban-American businessman Sandalio Suárez Real, who also alleges Hidalgo’s violation of Dominican Republic real estate law.

Judge Delgado also set a travel ban against Hidalgo, who’s also accused of abuse of power by Suarez’s attorneys, even voicing insults against the Court and the lawyers.


In a statement to the Dominican media Monday afternoon, Hidalgo called the charges a farce and vowed to respond to the allegations.

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Written by: generoso, 17 Dec 2013 1:01 PM
From: Dominican Republic
The two so called "lawyers" representing the Cuban-American, have a long dossier of shady dealings and falsified accusations, including bogus notary public statements.
Mr. Hidalgo has been sued repeatedly in evident attempts of blackmail, and their attempts to arrest him are their usual modus operandi, designed to pressure, intimidate and bully their victims.
This pair of defrocked lawyers was investigated a few years ago, and condemned by the UN human rights commission, for another case of false evidence imprisonment, against a later proven innocent US businessman, that was railroaded and even sent to prison, with lying accusations.
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