Orlando Jorge Mira Live The Dominican Republic’s Minister of Environment was assassinated in his office | Miguel Cruz | Globalism

Minister of Environment dominican republicOrlando Jorge Mira, was shot dead Monday in his office, by a close friend said to be Miguel Cruz who has been arrested and will be charged with the murder.

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lawyer and politician Jorge MiraThe 55-year-old is the son of former Dominican President Salvador Jorge Blanco (1982-1986) and has been at the head of the ministry since August 2020.

“The Minister of Environment lost his life when he was attacked in his office with a firearm,” said presidential spokesman Homero Figueroa.

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The “recognized author” has been identified as Fausto Miguel de Jesus Cruz de la MotaThe prosecution indicated that he was arrested hours after the incident.

In a statement, the Public Prosecution indicated that it is “deepening in investigations to determine the objective circumstances” of the events and is working to “present the accusations against the accused before the courts.”

Police lock the door of the Dominican Republic's Ministry of Environment headquarters after a shooting, June 6, 2022 (Erika SANTELICES/AFP).
Police lock the door of the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Environment headquarters after a shooting, June 6, 2022 (Erika SANTELICES/AFP).

The victim’s family reported this Cruz, 56, was a “childhood friend who (the minister) greeted him in his office.”

“the killer!”

According to ministry sources, who spoke to AFP under 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 circumventing security at the Ministry in Santo Domingo.. He was arrested in a church about three kilometers from the ministry.

Cruz “handed the gun to a priest who made it clear to him that he had committed a crime, despite not making any reference to the victim.”

the prosecutor contacted him by phone; He indicated that he “will surrender if his life is guaranteed.”

“Killer… you killed a good man!”The man shouted when cross He entered the truck handcuffed and wore 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.

His death is reminiscent of the December 2015 killing of Juan de los Santos, mayor of Santo Domingo Este, by a friend.

“do not forgive”

Cruz was a businessman allegedly influenced by the Minister’s policiesAccording to sources close to the case.

The official implemented a “zero tolerance” policy in his office. “In our management we will work towards the responsible use of natural resources, the protection and preservation of ecosystems, the reduction of pollution, and the effective management of solid waste.‘, he recalled upon taking 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.

Those affected include the army, police, businessmen, activists and retirees.

Into said he heard seven explosions. 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 Mira, founder of the Modern Revolutionary Party with Abenader, and was 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 Mira, serves as Deputy Minister of Innovation, Transparency and Citizen Services, and his son, Orlando Jorge Villegas, serves as a deputy. His wife, Patricia Villegas, is an ambassador to Brazil.

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