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Former Dominican President Summoned for Questioning in Drug Trafficking Investigation

Prosecutors in the Dominican Republic have summoned former President Hipolito Mejia for questioning about his alleged ties with an accused drug trafficker facing trial in the United States.

Dominican officials say the former president - who left office last year - will be asked under oath about his relationship with former Army Captain Paulino Castillo. Mr. Castillo was arrested late last year while allegedly transporting more than 1,000 kilograms of cocaine.

He was extradited to the United States in February and is facing charges of drug trafficking and money laundering.

Dominican media have raised questions about Mr. Castillo's promotion to Army Captain under President Mejia.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.