Minister of Environment Dominican RepublicGeorge Mera of Orlando was shot dead in his office this Monday by a close friend who identified himself as Miguel Cruz and is already in police custody.
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Lawyer and politician, George MeraThe 55-year-old is the son of former Dominican President George W. Blanco (1982-1986) and has been head of the ministry since August 2020.
“The information we have received so far indicates that today (Monday) morning. He was shot dead in the office of the Minister of EnvironmentPresidential spokesman Homero Fikurova said.
“Miguel Cruz, who was identified as the shooter, was a personal friend of the late minister. The person in charge is in the custody of the National Police and the Ministry of Public Works, ”he added. “The cause of the incident is under investigation.”
CruiseAllegedly fired, He was “a childhood friend the minister received in his office”According to the family report. “The circumstances of the incident and the consequent investigation are in the hands of competent authorities.”
According to ministry sources who spoke to AFP under the reservation, Occupier George Mera broke into a weekly meeting with his deputy ministers and opened fire.
As a close friend of the victim, He had no problem getting past security at the ministry in Santo Domingo.
The event is reminiscent of the December 2015 shooting death of Juan de los Santos, mayor of the Santo Domingo Estate, by a friend.
“I am deeply saddened by the death of my good friend and our Minister, Orlando Jorge Mera. My deepest condolences to his wife Patricia and her children Orlando and Patricia Victoria. ”The President wrote Louis Abinader And Twitter.
Cruise is a businessman who is said to have been affected by the minister’s policiesSources close to the case said.
The officer used the “no tolerance” policy in his office. “In our management we will work for responsible use of natural resources, protection and conservation of ecosystems, reduction of pollution and effective management of solid waste.”, He pointed out when he took office.
In an interview with El Caribe and CDN in March, he pointed out that 2,300 cases had been filed in the courts within two years for violating environmental permits, cutting down trees and damaging wetlands.
The victims include the active and retired army, police and businessmen.
Ascendo pointed out that he heard seven explosions. As soon as the shooting was reported, the police closed the access to the building and entered shortly afterwards with a group of their elite unit.
George Mera, Co-founder of the Modern Revolutionary Party with Abinader, was head of the Dominican Institute of Telecommunications (INDOTEL) between 2000 and 2004 under the government of Hippolyto Mejia. He was the producer and presenter of a television show.
His family works in public administration: his sister Delia Jorge Mera serves as Deputy Minister of Innovation, Transparency and Civil Services, and his son Orlando Jorge Villagas as Deputy Minister. His wife Patricia Villagas is the ambassador to Brazil.
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