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Under special prosecutor scrutiny, ex-Cidra mayor resigns as governor’s adviser

Former Cidra mayor Javier Carrasquillo Cruz

By The Star Staff

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia announced on Wednesday that his adviser, Javier Carrasquillo, submitted his resignation after the announcement of an investigation of the former Cidra mayor by the Special Independent Prosecutor Panel (PFEI by its Spanish initials).

“I became aware today of the appointment of a Special Independent Prosecutor (FEI) for the former mayor of Cidra, Javier Carrasquillo, who is currently Assistant Secretary for Municipal Affairs,” the governor said in a written statement. “As the FEI press release establishes, these are matters that transpired in 2016, which were investigated by Justice and filed. However, I have been clear that the bar in my government is very high.”

The PFEI earlier Wednesday assumed jurisdiction over the case investigated by the Department of Justice that may include unlawful acts by the former mayor.

“Failure by the Department of Justice to comply with the procedure cannot have the effect of obstructing our work to investigate and determine what is appropriate in law,” the members of the panel stated in their resolution, noting that the aforementioned report raises allegations that may bring with them possible crimes under the Penal Code of Puerto Rico of 2012.

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