Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Reason for trial against lawyer accused of bribing witnesses

Caguas Court Judge Elmer Rodríguez Díaz today determined probable cause for trial against lawyer Ana Luisa González Cabrera, who faces charges of conspiracy, offering bribes and persuading witnesses not to appear.

The court administration’s press office reported that the sentencing hearing was scheduled for 21 June and the trial on its merits on 19 July, with both procedures scheduled to begin at 9:00 am.

Whereas, last Thursday, Juan Enrique Catala Suarez, accused of crimes similar to Gonzalez Cabrera, resigned from the preliminary hearing.

Sentencing was set for 9:00 am on 1 June and the trial would begin at the same time on 28 June.

It is alleged that Catala Suárez, together with González Cabrera, made several payments to a witness in a case against one of his clients, with the aim of preventing him from being contacted until the period required for the trial to be over and the case concluded. I went. Dismissed according to data previously provided by the Justice Department.

According to the investigation, during the preliminary hearing stage the witness stopped appearing in court and stopped responding to communications from the prosecutor and the agents in charge of the 2022 double murder. While taking steps to contact him through his relatives, it was learned that the lawyers had given money to the witness so that he could move to another municipality and wait until the murder case against his client was dismissed. Can’t be traced.

Information also emerged that Catela Suárez and González Cabrera asked the witness not to answer calls and subpoenas from agents and the prosecutor.

Bayamón Court Judge Rodríguez Díaz was transferred to attend the case as a precautionary measure, given that prosecutor Caguas is an active litigant in the court.

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