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Friday, July 22, 2022

Domain extinction law is back to the Senate after deputies approval

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The Chamber of Deputies approved this Friday in second reading and unanimously the bill of domain extinction for the confiscation of illicit assets in the Dominican Republic, with modifications to different articles and their numerals. The piece must go to the Senate now.

The modifications approved by consensus were introduced by the different party groups present in the lower house.

The law of 111 articles has been known in the National Congress for more than 12 years and its approval occurs at a time when the current legislature is about to be closed, on July 26.

Among the amendments made to the law received from the Senate is the elimination of articles, modification of numerals or texts and changes in recitals.

Unanimity was achieved with 143 congressmen present.

Among the changes made to the bill was the elimination of articles 82 paragraph 1 and article 83 sole paragraph.

Amendments were also made to article 4 number 2 on the limitation of effects in relation to past events (retroactivity).

This numeral established that the extinction of ownership will be declared regardless of whether the cause of origin has occurred prior to the publication of this law, provided that the fact related to the assets was considered illegal at the time of its occurrence and that as of At that time, the term of prescription greater than common law of twenty (20) years, provided for in article 2262 of the Civil Code, has not elapsed.

Regarding article 82, it established that whoever denounces an illicit asset would benefit from 3% of the value of the illicit assets recovered. The deputies agreed that this article could motivate extortion or accusations without evidence.

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