.- Last week, Archbishop of Santo Domingo, Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez, expressed disappointment in his country's court system calling it âan embarrassment that drug lords operate at will in the Dominican Republic.â He added that âmany military leaders and judges are making a mockery of the Dominican peopleâ by releasing criminals who were jailed for various felonies.
The cardinal made his statements during a Mass for doctors, nurses and patients at the Salvador Gautier Hospital.
After pointing out that there are many factors âinvolved in court decisions to release criminals,â Cardinal Rodriguez underscored that the influence from different international organizations on Dominican criminal law need to be reviewed.
âUnfortunately,â he said, âit is an embarrassment that these bandits are taking over the country with the support of many military leaders and judges.â
In comments last month, Cardinal Rodriguez described the âquestionable rulingsâ by Dominican Republic judges as âpainful,â especially with the difficulties the country is facing following Haiti's January 12 earthquake.