FBI and Federal Prosecution Satisfied With Guilty Verdict
SAN JUAN — U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico Emilia Rodríguez Vélez, along with FBI Director in Puerto Rico Douglas Leff, were satisfied Friday after the guilty verdict on all charges against the four co-accused along the former Popular Democratic Party (PDP) fundraiser Anaudi Javier Hernández Pérez.
“We are pleased with the work, justice was made. Whenever a jury decides the way this jury decided, which took its time with the charges one by one of the accused, and the way it determined the verdict of guilty on all charges is a reason for satisfaction. The message is zero tolerance to corruption,” reacted Rodríguez Vélez.
Regarding, future arrests related to Hernández Pérez’s trial, the federal attorney was careful and avoided specifying details.
“Remember that we are talking now about today’s verdict. In its moment we will see what is happening and if a second round emerges. Obviously, we will follow it, but I don’t want to talk about that now, I want to talk about the verdict. You know I always say the same: the investigation continues and that hasn’t changed,” she affirmed.
Rodríguez Vélez rejected that federal accusations are executed, as some believe, to impact the general elections and punctuated that in her 28 years as federal prosecutor the rule has always been the same from investigations that surface when they are ready and complete to take the case to the courtrooms and convince the jury beyond any reasonable doubt.
“Certainly, I have always said the same and the cases emerge when they are ready. It has nothing to do with whether the elections are coming or not because it would be distressing and reproachable for us to hold a case for a politician or a political process. What we are talking about here is doing justice, and justice must be done at the right time. I repeat that this case has nothing to do with the elections, nor with anything related to politics. Here, public officials were accused and were deemed convicted public officials, but the message goes to many people in this country. They know who I’m talking about,” she emphasized.
For his part, the FBI director said he is proud of the work performed by his agents, and after the verdict he said they have more investigations for public corruption underway.
“The important message is that we have investigations in process similar to this case. It is important that the people responsible of other conducts such as this case, and they know who they are, the best for them would be to come to our office and talk with us. If they can’t do that we will search for you with all our resources to bring justice, because the people of Puerto Rico have a right to a government of public officials that work to serve the public, not to serve their personal interests,” expressed Leff.