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Dominican Candidate Jailed for Buzzing Presidential Palace in Small Plane

SANTO DOMINGO – A retired general running for a seat in the Dominican Senate was arrested Tuesday after buzzing the presidential palace in a small plane and dropping campaign flyers.

Rafael Percival, known as the “people’s general,” said on television that he not only buzzed the presidential palace four times in a small plane, but did the same over the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court.

The incidents occurred when President Danilo Medina, who seeks reelection in the balloting on May 15, was presiding over a ceremony at which several ambassadors, including those from Argentina and El Salvador, presented their credentials.

Once the retired general was intercepted by a military helicopter, he was forced to land at El Higuero Airport near the capital.

After he got out of the airplane he was arrested and security personnel at the palace swept up the flyers.

 

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