Senate to summon girl prosecuted by Labor secretary nominee to testify at closed hearing

By The Star Staff

At the end of Monday’s interrogation process for Labor secretary nominee Carlos Rivera Santiago, Senate Appointments Committee Chairman Héctor Martínez announced he would be summoning special education student Alma Yadira Cruz Cruz to testify as part of the public hearing on the nomination.

Rivera Santiago was the prosecutor who pursued charges against Cruz Cruz, who was 11 years old, for the crime of assault in 2016, a decision that was criticized as racially motivated. Charges against the juvenile were dropped two years later.

“It will not be the only public hearing,” Martínez replied to a request made by Popular Democratic Party (PDP) Sen. Aníbal José Torres, who insisted on more time to question the nominee about that particular case.

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