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Santo Domingo.- More than 160,000 Dominicans and around 1, 600 foreigners living in the country are barred from leaving the national territory, according to sources at Las Americas International Airport quoted by

The impediments encompass the last 19 years, most of them in place since 2000 for felonies and minor crimes including homicides, fraud, forgery, kidnappings, traffic accidents, theft of property and child support. The impediments are placed by the Justice Ministry, prosecutors and judges who are in charge of the cases across the country.

The sources said despite that many of the impediments have already expired especially when there are settlements in the cases, “the bans are still maintained in effect."

They said that even people who were told that their impediment had been lifted, find that they cannot leave the country because the measure is still maintained in the Immigration Agency’s files.

Among those affected by the travel ban figure active and retired military and national police officers, government officials, former lawmakers and mayors and former diplomats.

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5 comment(s)
Written by: Danilo This user is banned, 24 Mar 2014 12:46 PM
From: Dominican Republic, SDQ --- VIGILADOR.COM (Beta) - Vigilando nuestra Quisqueya
I bet "child support" is the main one
Written by: ohhhvictor, 24 Mar 2014 1:00 PM
From: United States

Josean is in a limbo and confused:

Some people want to deport his haitian a** , others dont let him leave the country ..

Oh well, como decia Fredie Prestol Castillo: El masacre se pasa a pie..
Written by: Ricardolito, 24 Mar 2014 5:39 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
This is just yet another example of corruption and complete inefficiency in the legal ststem ..In fact what is happening and I know this first hand ,is that when a case is transferred from one city or town to another and the accused is found not guilty ,the paper work has to go back to the fiscal in the original city and the he decides whether he is going to scrub off the charges from the accused records .....and oftern he will not unless he receives payment for his efforts .
I was robbed once and the alleged thief was captured and was given the usual 3 months ..after 3 years in prison,the fiscal wanted to keep him in prison although I said I was not going topresent evidence because I am sure they had the wrong man so I was not permitted to leave the DR until my lawyer struck a deal
Written by: Chompiras, 24 Mar 2014 6:50 PM
From: United States, Ateo, Humanista Secular
If the people not allowed to leave are dangerous murderers and rapists I have no problem with them not being allowed to leave. No country should export its most despicable beings. But if it's for minor offenses let them go where ever they want.
Written by: Vivacuba, 27 Mar 2014 4:56 AM
From: Dominican Republic
This sounds more and more like the usa with its draconian measures. Where is the to go anyway? DR is a good place with freedoms and liberties as long as you dont want to leave the country. enjoy it like americans do
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