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Authorities in Puerto Rico issued search warrants for the cellphones of eight members of Governor Ricardo Rosselló's inner circle, the latest twist in a scandal that has engulfed the island's leadership.
One of the search warrants said that government officials used the chat to transmit official and confidential information to private citizens in potential violation of ethics laws.
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According to Telemundo Puerto Rico, the Department of Justice local office in San Juan issued its subpoena for the devices belonging to Luis Rivera Marín, the governor's secretary of state; Elías Sánchez, a lobbyist and Rosselló's former campaign director; Raúl Maldonado, a former chief financial officer; former communications aides Carlos Bermúdez and Rafael Cerame; Public Affairs Secretary Anthony Maceira; Christian Sobrino, who was assigned to various finance posts, and Edwin Miranda, a communications consultant.
A spokesperson for the DoJ in the Caribbean island confirmed to DailyMail that Rosselló had turned in his mobile device to investigators last week.
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The governor generated backlash from derogatory chat messages about gays, hurricane victims and others that were made via a private text messaging application.
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Former legal adviser Alfonso Orona; Chief of Staff Ricardo Llerandi, and Ramón Rosario, a former public affairs secretary all turned in their phones last week.
A document containing at least 889 pages of the private chat on the encrypted messaging app Telegram were revealed July 13, sinking the governor into the deepest crisis of his career.
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The release of those incendiary messages helped trigger huge street demonstrations demanding the resignation of Rosselló, who has refused to step down.
The search warrant was issued Monday, said Kelvin Carrasco of the Puerto Rico Justice Department.
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Carrasco declined to say if the warrant has been carried out yet or what premises are named in it, only saying the probe is under way.
The newspaper El Nuevo Dia reported that...
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