Tuesday. 05.07.2022
CRIME

Dominican Republic environment minister shot dead in own office

Orlando Mera, 55, had been in office for less than two years
06 June 2022, Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo: Officials escape through a window of the Ministry of Environment after the Environment Minister Orlando Mera was shot in his office. Photo: Pedro Bazil/dpa.
Officials escape through a window of the Ministry of Environment after the Minister Orlando Mera was shot in his office. Photo: Pedro Bazil/dpa.

The Dominican Republic's environment minister was shot dead in his own office on Monday, government spokesperson Homer Figueroa confirmed in a video message.

According to Figueroa, the alleged assailant was a friend of the minister, Orlando Mera, and has already been detained.

"In the name of the government and the president of the republic, Luis Abinader, we want to express our deepest sympathy to the family," said Figueroa.

Few details about the incident were available. Mera, 55, had been in office for less than two years.

Dominican Republic environment minister shot dead in own office
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