June 28, 2022

The Dominican Republic’s setting minister, Orlando Jorge Mera, was shot lifeless throughout a gathering on Monday by a businessman and longtime pal, who has been taken into custody, the federal government stated.

A lawyer and politician, the 55-year-old Jorge Mera was the son of former president Salvador Jorge Blanco (1982-86), and had headed the setting ministry since mid-2020.

“The data now we have in the meanwhile signifies that this morning the setting minister misplaced his life after he was attacked with a firearm in his workplace,” stated Homero Figueroa, the spokesman for the presidency.

“Miguel Cruz, who has been recognized because the shooter, was a private pal of the lifeless minister,” he stated.

Figueroa stated the suspect was in police custody and his motive was “beneath investigation.”

The alleged shooter used his friendship with the sufferer to achieve entry to a safe space the place Jorge Mera was holding a daily assembly along with his deputies, ministry sources instructed AFP.

In accordance with a press release from Jorge Mera’s household, Cruz was “a childhood pal whom he obtained in his workplace.”

In accordance with sources near the investigation, Cruz and Jorge Mera had discovered themselves at loggerheads over environmental coverage.

Police shut the gate of the Dominican setting ministry headquarters after a taking pictures, in Santo Domingo, on June 6, 2022 Picture: AFP / Erika SANTELICES

Jorge Mera had promised upon taking workplace in 2020 to work for the “accountable” use of pure assets, to guard ecosystems and slash air pollution.

In a March interview with El Caribe and CDN, the minister stated he had reported to the judiciary 2,300 instances of environmental allow violations, unlawful chopping of bushes and harm to mangroves.

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Amongst these affected had been energetic and retired navy, police and enterprise individuals.

The Acento web site stated seven gunshots had been heard and shortly afterwards a closely armed elite police unit entered the ministry.

Police didn’t instantly touch upon the incident.

President Luis Abinader declared himself “deeply saddened” by the minister’s demise, providing his condolences to the victims’ spouse and youngsters, whereas the setting ministry stated it was “dismayed” by the assault.

Jorge Mera, who fashioned the Trendy Revolutionary Celebration alongside Abinader, was president of the Dominican telecommunications institute from 2000 to 2004.

A lawyer, he had additionally labored as a tv producer and presenter.

He got here from a political household. His sister Dilia Jorge Mera is a deputy minister, his son Orlando Jorge Villegas is a legislator and his widow Patricia Villegas is the ambassador to Brazil.