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Justice Dept. declines to assign special prosecutor in case involving House speaker

House Speaker Rafael “Tatito” Hernández Montañez

By The Star Staff

After completing an investigation, the Department of Justice’s Division of Public Integrity and Comptroller Affairs (DIPAC by its Spanish initials) issued a report on Thursday in which it declined to recommend the appointment of an independent special prosecutor to Speaker of the House of Representatives Rafael “Tatito” Hernández Montañez for alleged use of the budget of the Joint Commission on Special Reports of the Comptroller to pay ordinary House expenses.

Justice Secretary Domingo Emanuelli Hernández welcomed the DIPAC report and referred it to the Office of the Special Independent Prosecutor Panel. In accordance with the disclosure policy, a communication was also sent notifying the speaker and the complainant of the recommendation.

“The Division of Public Integrity and Comptroller Affairs of the Department of Justice analyzed the allegations presented and completed the preliminary investigation,” reads the report. “According to the documentary and testimonial evidence evaluated, it could not be concluded that the person under investigation violated any mandate of a criminal nature in contravention of the legal precepts that regulate the operation of the Comptroller’s Reports Commission or any other criminal provision.”

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