Ramón Tapia Espinal

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Ramón Tapia Espinal

Ramón Tapia Espinal (March 29, 1926, La Vega – March 24, 2002, Santo Domingo) was a lawyer and political figure from the Dominican Republic. He served as Secretary of Industry and Commerce and Secretary of State, for President, Rafael Bonnelly, during the Council of State (1961-1963) which succeeded the overthrow of the dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo in 1961.[1] He later served as a member of the triumvirate, a three-man civilian executive committee, established by the military after the overthrow of President Juan Bosch in 1963; originally with Emilio de los Santos and Manuel Enrique Tavares Espaillat, and later with Donald Reid Cabral and Manquel Enrique Tavares Espaillat.[2] He resigned from the triumvirate in 1964 and was succeeded by Ramón Cáceres Troncoso.[3]

In 1987 he was selected by President, Joaquín Balaguer, to represent the Dominican government in prosecuting ex-President, Salvador Jorge Blanco, on corruption charges.[4][5][6] In 1988, Salvador Jorge Blanco was found guilty, in absentia, of corruption, sentenced to a 20 year prison sentence, and ordered, along with his associates, to pay fines totaling up to $17.3 million. The verdict marked the first time a Dominican head of state had been convicted of corruption.[7][8]

In 1997 he was selected by Rumbo magazine as one of the 25 most powerful and influential people in the Dominican Republic.[9]

The President of the Senate of the Dominican Republic, Reinaldo Pared Pérez, practiced as an associate attorney in his law office from 1984 to 2002.[10]

He was buried at Christ the Redeemer cemetery on March 26, 2002, where his eulogy was read by the Dominican lawyer, Marino Vinicio "Vincho" Castillo Rodríguez.


  1. ^ Bartlow Martin, John (1966). Overtaken by Events. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company. pp. 90,279, 584, 637, 752. ASIN B0006BO2E8. 
  2. ^ Halper, Sam (1963-10-18). U.S.-Backed Reform Flops as Bosch gets the Bounce. Life Magazine. 
  3. ^ Martin, John Bartlow (1966). Overtaken by Events. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company. p. 637. ASIN B0006BO2E8. 
  4. ^ Moya Pons, Frank (1998). The Dominican Republic: A National History. Markus Wiener Publishers. p. 424. ISBN 1558761918. 
  5. ^ Tapia Espinal, Ramon. "Proceso Salvador Jorge Blanco". 
  6. ^ Tapia Espinal, Ramon. "Proceso Salvador Jorge Blanco". 
  7. ^ AP. "Dominican Ex-Leader Convicted". 
  8. ^ Treaster, Joseph. "Convicted Dominican Ex-Leader Going Home". New York Times. 
  9. ^ Editors (13 January 1997). "Poderososs e influyentes de R.D". Rumbo (154): 53–54. 
  10. ^ "Reinaldo Pared Pérez". Wikipedia.