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Santo Domingo.- TV host Rafael Ventura on Tuesday affirmed that RD$50 million in funds provided by the miner Barrick Gold to the City Hall of Bayaguana (east) led to contract killing of councilman Renato Castillo, for which the mayor Osvaldo Sosa as been charged with murder.

Ventura, who spoke with the slain official’s wife and mother in an exclusive interview on ColorVision Channel 9, affirmed that there’s “complicity” in Castillo’s murder and demanded that the ruling party issue an official statement into the underworld style execution.

His wife Raysa Julieta Acosta said her husband foresaw his death and agreed with Ventura in describing the Bayaguana City Council and “orgy of complicity.”

“How is it possible that corruption has become so widespread that a member of the PLD (ruling party) hires murderers to silence a colleague of his own party,” Ventura said, and demanded a full investigation.

He also asked the population to be on the alert to the prosecution of Sosa, “because we know how things are done in this country.”

Missing money

Acosta said one of the shooters works for Sosa, in whose property several weapons were found.

She said Barrick Gold had provided the RD$50 million to the City Council, “but that money was never seen,” accusing her husband’s colleagues and the mayor of stealing the funds.

She also regrets that Rafaela Javier was the only one of Castillo’s colleagues to attend the funeral service.

Castillo was shot several times while driving his car by gunmen on a motorcycle who fled the scene, but were detained days later.

PLD issues a statement

Dominican Republic’s ruling party (PLD) on Tuesday said it expects the "strongest condemnation" for the vile murder of Bayaguana city councilman Renato Castillo.

In a statement from its Political Committee, the PLD also expresses grief and solidarity with the slain councilman’s relatives

"The PLD demands that the authorities responsible for the investigation of this repugnant fact reach the ultimate conclusion and gather all the evidence to support Justice and achieve an exemplary condemnation against the authors, material and intellectual, of the crime."

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15 comment(s)
Written by: Ricardolito, 1 Jul 2014 2:21 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
Why does no one ask Barrick Gold if they gave $50 million pesos ,,it seems that this question would be the most obvious step , and are we really to believe that the compnay hands over that amount without getting a receipt..why not ask the local council,
This is how bad the standrad of journalism has become here that no one even checks out the vailidity of the claim . There is also no metion that the PLD political oarty has denounced the killing and has stated that the killers must receive the maximun sentance..We know why this has not been written ,,it is because DT has become totally unbalanced
Written by: josean, 1 Jul 2014 2:21 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016




.......Another beautiful Headline sure to Give Little Rickey a Coronary!



Written by: Ricardolito, 1 Jul 2014 2:23 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
I can understand why DR 1 has become so much more popular and why people have more confidence in the news on that site
Written by: josean, 1 Jul 2014 2:35 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


Why don't you join those people!


Written by: Radar, 1 Jul 2014 2:42 PM
From: Dominican Republic

Talk about of conspiracy everywhere. One things for sure, where there's a contract killing, there's obviously, money to be had in one form or another.
I don't see how Barrick gold would be involved in this. The accusers are probably confusing it with Falcondo, who stand to gain Billions if Loma Miranda gets exploited. It would seem natural that this is the outcome of a heated, polarized controversy such as this.

Sure hope for a speedy/fair trial and a just sentence. (40 years.?)
Written by: josean, 1 Jul 2014 3:10 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016



Who said Barrick "Stold" is involved in the murder!




Written by: bernies, 1 Jul 2014 3:39 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Juan Dolio
Hey Ricardito, this is what the PLD has to say about this crime on EL NACIONAL news paper.
En una nota de su Comité Político, el PLD manifiesta también su pesar y solidaridad a los familiares del edil asesinado.

“El PLD reclama de las autoridades encargadas de la investigación de este repudiable hecho llegar hasta las últimas consecuencias y hacer acopio de todas las pruebas que sirvan de sustentación para lograr de la justicia una condena ejemplar contra los autores, materiales e intelectuales, del crimen” se expresa en la nota que refrenda de manera unánime el Comité Político peledeísta.
“El PLD está confiado en que la justicia dominicana aplicará con el máximo rigor las sanciones penales correspondientes y que lo hará con la rapidez que exige un caso de sicariato, que debe ser enfrentado y cometido con todo rigor por los responsables de hacer justicia en el país” concluye la nota del Partido de la Liberación Dominicana tramitada por su Secretaría de Comunicaciones
Written by: josean, 1 Jul 2014 3:54 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016



bernies what did you expect them to say that they are happy the man got killed......Because they're afraid that he would expose rest of them!



Written by: venganzaderafael, 1 Jul 2014 4:10 PM
From: United States
Dunduhduhdum... The plot thickens...
Written by: synapse, 1 Jul 2014 5:20 PM
From: United States

(PLD) on Tuesday said it expects the "strongest condemnation" .

In other words the PLD is really saying NEXT TIME DON'T BE SLOPPY AND MAKE IT LOOK LIKE A ROBBERY GONE BAD LIKE THE WAY IT IS DONE EVERY DAY BY THE PLD.
Written by: Ricardolito, 1 Jul 2014 5:29 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
yes thanks Bernies I have read that press release ..not much more that can be said if they do not want to prejudge the trial ,,you may remember that last week a judge in London gave the Prime Minister a lashing for commenting prior to all matters in a case involving journalists being terminated
Written by: bernies, 2 Jul 2014 7:30 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Juan Dolio
Ricardito your contradicting yourself. First you state that the pld party had yet to make a public option on the matter and you are saying that the shouldn't. So what is it man?

Written by: Grosero, 2 Jul 2014 9:05 AM
From: United States
then it is way past time to arrest Barrick Gold for murder - they have enough lawyers to defend themselves - that is - until the door shuts behind them
Written by: juanb, 2 Jul 2014 9:33 AM
From: Dominican Republic


You don't get a receipt for a cash bribe.
Written by: josean, 2 Jul 2014 10:05 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

"Written by: bernies, 2 Jul 2014 7:30 AM

From: United States, key west fl

Ricardito your contradicting yourself. First you state that the pld party had yet to make a public option on the matter and you are saying that the shouldn't. So what is it man?"


Yeah bernies Little Rickey:

"is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma"




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