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SIP probe recommended in case of ex-Rep. Aponte Rosario

Former Rep. Orlando Aponte Rosario

By The Star Staff

Justice Secretary Domingo Emanuelli Hernández recommended on Monday to the Office of the Special Independent Prosecutor Panel (OPFEI by its Spanish initials) the appointment of a prosecutor to investigate former Rep. Orlando Aponte Rosario.

The Justice Department’s Division of Public Integrity and Comptroller Affairs (DIPAC) concluded that there is sufficient cause to believe that the former legislator, who resigned from the seat he held in the House of Representatives, “incurred in criminal conduct by violating article 6.14b of Law 168 -2019, known as the Puerto Rico Weapons Act of 2020, 25 LPRA sec. 466m (shooting or aiming firearms); and the following articles of Law 54-1989: article 3.1, in the modality of psychological abuse; article 3.2, in the modality of aggravated abuse; article 3.3, threats; and article 3.5, spousal sexual assault,” reads the DIPAC report.

In addition, the DIPAC determined that the person investigated could have violated article 59 of Law 246-2011 on child abuse, known as the Law for the Safety, Well-Being and Protection of Minors, by having committed domestic violence in the presence of the subject’s minor children, and by having assaulted his minor daughter.

The final decision on the appointment of a special independent prosecutor is now in the hands of the OPFEI.

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