Felix Bautista

In the corruption trial brought against the Dominican Senator Felix Bautista, this merchant tailor became a multimillionaire in a few years, the prosecution said that the funds used by the ROFI SRL firm to build apartment complexes in the city of Santiago  where from the public treasury

The lawyer for Mr. Bautista said that the legal origin of the funds used to acquire the land used for the construction of the apartments is unassailable.

"The resources used to acquire the land and build apartments benefits from construction of the firm Rofi Hadom, Senator Felix Bautista's ownership in the project implementation framework in Haiti," said the lawyer Marino Feliz.

Indeed, in Haiti, several personalities including former Haitian Senator Steven Benoit, recently reported that more than 350 million were paid to Senator Felix Bautista who would count on many friends in Haiti, among former and current leaders.

If these millions were paid to the senator by cons, we have not so far seen the traces of the work that his firm was suppose to achieve, such as the construction of the Haitian Parliament.which the firm received payment for; the current temporary Haitian Parliament was build by Chemonic International and the permanent one is being built by the Taiwanese government as a gift to Haiti.

Senator Benoit relied on report by former Prime Minister Garry Conille, who had clearly demonstrated that the construction firms of  Dominican Senator Bautista were not qualified by reference to the criteria of the five (5) years of experience required for project implementation contracts in Haiti.

Bautista is not anyone: he is a personal friend of former President Leonel Fernandez and former and current Haitian dignitaries, such as Haiti's President Michel Martelly. Bautista was also the main fundraiser for former President Fernández who would run for another term, hence the political importance of the current folder.

In addition, Bautista is also accused of setting up a major money laundering network whose funds come from the state, particularly through large construction sites.

Catapulted to the senate (1996-2000) he declared assets amounting to 500,000 pesos.

According to the prosecution, between 2005 and 2009 when his salary was only 59,000 pesos (44 x US $ 1) at the time of the post of Director of the Office of site supervision of the State, Baustita has operations financial 315 million pesos in bank reserves and more than 3 million in progress.

In his second term in the Senate in 2010 he declared assets amounting to 16 million pesos. And in 2012, he publicly admits to the press to be a multimillionaire.

The Office of the Government Commissioner has identified 40 companies and immovable property and banking for more than 25 billion pesos, to constitute the charge. Also in the record of financial transactions from bogus companies or real, installed in Haiti, where the senator is accused of involvement in a vast fraud against the state under the guise of humanitarian operations, which could also splash personalities Haitian

  This aspect of the charge was dismissed by the lawyers of the accused that emphasize the lack of legal complaint against the Haitian authorities Bautista.

Laura Pelletier anti-corruption prosecutor considers the network created by Bautista as corruption structure against the Dominican State, the most powerful implementation up to the date.

To better protect its assets, Senator trained his business with people with emotional ties with him or work, including drivers and janitors.

However, the most astute analysts of the Dominican politics are somewhat pessimistic about a just conclusion to the Dominican society, this important issue due to the fact that the Dominican judiciary is dominated by relatives of Leonel Fernandez.

It is even said that in Haiti, former leaders were appointed to key positions, relatives who would be able to hide some sensitive issues that could spoil their political future.

Early in 2010, then presidential candidate Michel Martelly has been accused by many of accepting monetary campaign contributions from the Dominican senator Felix Bautista in exchange for construction contracts in Haiti,as Michel Martelly was the front runner in the second round off elections.

After the election of Michel Martelly as president of Haiti, many of the contracts given out for the reconstructions of many public structures such as roads, government offices and even airports, indeed were to Dominican companies; Estrella being one of the most prominent  ones.  Members of the Martelly administration have argued that Haiti's firm didn't have the experience nor the materials to build these structures, and has nothing to do with political favors by Dominican officials.