The Dominican Minister took a selfie with the alleged perpetrator of his crime

Dominican Environment Minister, Orlando Jorge Mera, died on Monday, June 6, after being shot in his office, by a close friend, who has allegedly been arrested and will be charged with his murder.

Lawyer and politician Jorge Mira, 55, was the son of the former Dominican president Salvador Jorge Blanco (1982-1986) has been in charge of the ministry since August 2020.

The Minister of Environment lost his life when he was attacked in his office with a firearmsaid Presidency spokesperson, Homero Figueroa.

The “author” was identified as Fausto Miguel de Jesus Cruz de la Mota, and the Public Prosecutor indicated that he was arrested hours after the incident.

The Public Prosecution Office said in a statement that “Deples in investigations to determine the objective circumstances” of the facts and works to “bring charges to the accused before the courts.”

The victim’s family indicated that Cruz, 56, “was a childhood friend who was received by (the minister) in his office.”

By the way, a photo revealed by the agency Alert news 24 It was revealed that the minister and the alleged suspect had taken a Photograph Days before the tragedy that occurred on Monday.

“the killer!”

According to the ministry sources, who spoke to France Press agency With reservation, the assailant broke into a meeting that Jorge Mira held weekly with his deputies and opened fire.

Being a close friend of the victim, he had no problem bypassing security at the Ministry in Santo Domingo. He was arrested in a church about three kilometers from the ministry.

Prosecutors said Cruz “handed the pistol to a priest who explained to him that he had committed a crime without referring to the victim.”

the prosecutor contacted him by phone; He indicated that he would “give up if his life is guaranteed.”

“Killer… you killed a good man!” A man shouted as Cruz entered the truck handcuffed, wearing a helmet and flak jacket.

The Dominican government also declared three days of national mourning and ordered the Ministry of Defense to honor Jorge Mira.

“I am deeply sorry for the passing of my dear friend, our Minister, Orlando Jorge Mira. My sincerest condolences to his wife Patricia and his two children Orlando and Patricia Victoria,” President Luis Abenader wrote on Twitter.

Remembering his death with the assassination of the Mayor of Santo Domingo Este, Juan de los Santos, in December 2015, a friend also shot him.

“do not forgive”

Cruz was a businessman allegedly influenced by the minister’s policies. According to press reports, he committed the crime in retaliation for the closure of a cement company he owned by order of Jorge Mira, who applied a “zero tolerance” policy in his office.

In an interview with El Caribe and CDN in March, he noted that in less than two years he had brought 2,300 cases to the courts for violation of environmental permits, logging, and damage to mangroves, among other things.

among those affected Military, police, active and retired businessmen stand out.

news site Dialect He recalled hearing seven shots. As soon as the shooting was reported, the police closed off the entrance to the building and soon after entered with a team from their elite unit.

Jorge Mera, founder of the PPM with Abenader, was a former president of the Dominican Institute of Telecommunications (INDOTEL) between 2000 and 2004, in the government of Hipólito Mejia. He was also a producer and host of a television show.

His family also works in public administration: his sister Delia Jorge Mera serves as Deputy Minister of Innovation, Transparency and Citizen Services, and his son Orlando Jorge Villegas serves as Deputy. His wife, Patricia Villegas, is an ambassador to Brazil.

With information from Agence France-Presse

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