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Santo Domingo.- The National District Land Court will hear on October 7  the State’s request to void hundreds of allegedly bogus titles issued for the more than seven kilometers of beachfront at Bahia de las Aguilas.

Judge Alba Luisa Beard will preside over the first pretrial hearing in Dominican Republic’s biggest ever land fraud case, resulting from a land grab by political figures and business leaders in 1997.

According to Justice minister Francisco Dominguez, the titleholders had obtained the deeds fraudulently. "Bahia de las Aguilas is one of the country’s landmark cases, because it’s a very serious act of corruption, so serious that it has involved many political and professional players, which would jeopardize the community and the environment."

Dominguez assigned the case to the prosecutors Laura Acosta Lora and Roger Antonio Vittini.

Dozens of the deeds of the protected area don’t have the signature and official seal of the Barahona Titles registrar, Luis Ramirez Suberví.

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4 comment(s)
Written by: foresthill, 16 Jul 2013 9:39 AM
From: Dominican Republic, santo domingo
Nothing will happen, just more wind for the sails.
Written by: danny00, 16 Jul 2013 10:12 AM
From: United States, Rhodes scholar oxford university
Biggest fraud?.... Until the next case which will be the biggest!...
Written by: WalterPolo, 16 Jul 2013 11:22 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata
Barahona?? Expect no justice there, unless you pay for your own.

I have an executory judgment against a businessman of the area, who is good friends with fiscals, prosecutors and the like.

They won't give me a police assistance order (fuerza pública), so I can't get my property back.

Lest I go all the way up to Francisco, and nothing's garanteed there either.

Pais de la mamavillas...
Written by: sweetbabyj, 16 Jul 2013 2:47 PM
From: United States
The biggest problem there is a lack of central record keeping on any property. Try to find the license holder of a auto or who actually owns the auto. Same with property many absentee land owners have had the land or house sold without their permission or knowledge. This is the 21 st century yet the country is still in the 1920's doing everything by hand
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