Navy, police officers arrested as investigation into Dominican Republic massacre continues
At least six Navy officers and policemen have been arrested in the Dominican Republic as part of an ongoing investigation into the drug-related killings of seven foreigners, the associated press reported.
Navy Vice-Admiral Julio Cesar Ventura said Sunday that he seized the suspects' weapons so ballistic experts can determine whether they were used in the Aug. 4 massacre.
Police say a Navy captain arrested with cocaine packets five days later had ordered the shootings. The victims were found in a sugarcane field with their hands tied. The majority of them were from Colombia.
A judge on Saturday ordered three Navy officers to 18 months in jail while the investigation continues. Another nine people also have been arrested, including two businessmen.