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Santo Domingo.- The historic corruption within the State Sugar Council (CEA) played a key role in the murder of two journalists during a live broadcast in a city in Dominican Republic´s east region, according to developments emerged Thursday.

Reports by local media say that the victims were "mediating" in a conflict over the sale of a lot by the CEA to more than one person, which led to the fatal outcome.

The CEA said it had returned the money for a failed sale of government-owned land in San Pedro de Macoris to José Rodríguez, the main suspect in the shooting murder of FM103 radio station director Leonidas Martinez and news anchor Luis Manuel Medina.

In an October 6, 2016, letter sent to the CEA, the suspect asked to be reimbursed RD$119,500 he had advanced as down payment for a lot in the village of El Jagual , which neighbors were using as a baseball diamond, but the entity hadn't provided another plot.

With a check written on January 11 , the CEA proceeded to "refund for land purchased for the same amount ceded by the today deceased."

And according to the entity, the sum refunded was equal to Rodriguez's down payment.

Suspect took his own life

The National Police said the main suspect in Medina's and Martínez's death took his own life with one shot to the head when cornered by officers.

It said before taking his life, Rodríguez (José Palmita), 59, fired at the officers several times in a thicket in the Villa Azucarera district.

Meanwhile San Pedro province prosecutor Digna Ortiz said Rodriguez's body had only one bullet wound to his right temple.

The historic and rampant corruption in the CEA forced president Danilo Medina to fire its director Leoncio Almanzar last week, but as usual with the head  of state, no charges were filed.

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4 comment(s)
Written by: Ricardolito, 17 Feb 2017 8:59 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
This is why there is no respect for the press in this country...This is totally unsubstantiated speculation and there are many more logical reasons why this man,without criminal record ,entered a radio station to murder two people and seriously wound a pregnant secretary .
Now there are calls by a respected SPM lawyer for a full investigation, Dominican News, into the death of the two journalists and Rodriguez. It will ,of course,get nowhere ,because the police and the fiscal have covered their tracks by now . It was only earlier risers like me who saw the original photos on the internet that strongly suggested Rodriguez did not die in a thicket ..These pictures and the one of the dead man shot in a cabaña have now been removed. ...To my mind the coincidence of the journalists reporting on sunday a company severely polluting the river and the deaths of these journalists two days later needs investigation.....but of course it will get nowhere .
Written by: caonabo, 17 Feb 2017 10:21 AM
From: Dominican Republic
There is more to this story......documents are shown.....unless the only source of news is DT....lol

Read the report in Diario Libre.... 16 FEB 2017, 4:18 PM
"CEA admite vendió terreno ocupado a matador de locutores; asegura que le había saldado"
Written by: chillinout, 17 Feb 2017 12:30 PM
From: Dominican Republic
The killer got his money back and decided to kill anyway then kill himself over US$2600 land deal?

As noticed above the president fires the agency boss for corruption and no arrest. That is a story by itself.
Written by: bernies, 17 Feb 2017 5:37 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Juan Dolio
Chillinout, that is not true, he only got 35% of his money back and didn't get any back from all of the expense that he incurred in getting the land clean and more. This guys was a businessman in SAN PEDRO, where he owned from a pizza place to a small young kids baseball academy. The guy sold some of his businesses in order to buy this land and after he bought the land then the land was sold to a powerful politician in San Pedro and then was jerked around to 3 other properties which he didn't wanted because of the location. He just did not walked into the radio station and shot these people, he had a heated conversation with them according to other versions and then he went down and started pacing around the plaza and then went and killed the people.
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