Cause for arrest found against ex-Telecom Bureau president

By The Star Staff

Special Independent Prosecutors Ramón Mendoza Rosario, Leticia Pabón Ortiz and Juan Catalá Suárez presented three complaints Thursday at a determination hearing carried out against former Telecommunications Regulatory Bureau President Sandra Torres López.

Two of the complaints were for violations of Articles 4.2, subsections (b) and (m) of the Government Ethics Law, while the third was for a violation of Article 252 of the Penal Code of Puerto Rico.

Judge Ileana Blanco Maldonado, of the San Juan Investigations Unit, imposed a bond of $45,000 ($15,000 in each case).

Torres López’s former assistant, Exel López, alleged on Telemundo’s investigative news program “Jay y sus Rayos X” that his former boss threatened to remove him from his post if he did not sell tickets for former Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Nevares’ re-election campaign.

López alleged that his former boss ordered him to sell the tickets to telecommunications companies.

According to media reports, the Special Independent Prosecutor Panel (PFEI by its Spanish initials) has 18 witnesses in the case.

It was reported that Torres López will be booked today at 2 p.m. at PFEI offices in San Juan.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for April 21 at 10 a.m.

The island Justice Department referred Torres López and agency officials to the PFEI on July 23, 2020.

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