Ramón Tapia Espinal

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Ramón Tapia Espinal

Ramón Tapia Espinal (March 29, 1926 in La Vega – March 24, 2002 in 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.

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.