Embedded directly below is a short video of the now capped (?) Isabela River which I captured last Wednesday with my Nokia Lumia camera:
That’s me standing in front of the Isabela River in Santo Domingo on Wednesday afternoon, May 21st 2014. You might be wondering where the water is. Me too. I’ve fished from the same spot featured in the adjacent picture but it appears that the river has now been capped (?).
A few days ago, May 21st 2014, I attended a motion hearing regarding my extradition to Kenya.
When I arrived I saw that my attorney, a tall white Dominican whose graying hair he wears combed towards the backside of his head, was standing adjacent the gates of the courtroom and that he had a dejected and despondent look on his face and in his posture.
He told me that the government of Kenya wishes to add the charge of ‘Treason’ to the extradition request. He wears glasses (and has a youthful-looking face for his age) which he was adjusting as he said, ”Lucas, the charge of treason in Kenya can carry the death penalty.”
I instantly felt a stinging-burning perception and realization in my stomach and even in my one kidney (my right kidney, I donated my left Kidney several years ago) and my face felt oven-like and my hands felt like they were swelling with blood and then it was over and I accepted it and asked my attorney if we had time to eat before the hearing (I arrived 90 minutes earlier to eliminate any prospect of being late) and he said, ”Yes, yes lets get some pleasure food.”
I myself was starving because all I had eaten was four masitas dominicana (see pic here) and a 16 ounce Rica orange juice without sugar NOTE: fruit juice in RD is loaded, full and packed with extra sugar, (see pic here). We decided on boiled yuca and fried salami (see pic here) and we drank Kola Real (see pic here).
After we ate and talked more it was nearing the allocated time for the motion hearing. At the hearing the Honorable Court indicated that the government of Kenya wishes to add the charge of Treason to their extradition request. The Honorable Court stated that additional time to consider the motion would not be needed and that the government of Kenya would need to supply the Court with a written and endorsed guarantee stipulating that if extradited for the charge of Treason that the death penalty would not be applicable.
It appears that Kenya retains the death penalty for murder, armed robbery and treason.
After the motion hearing was completed I got on board my Yahama motorcycle and decided to drive with no particular destination in mind. I then decided to stop by my house, kick of my oven-like suit and throw on some regular cloths and also pick up a beautiful Dominican woman. We then drove north-eastish and eventually, on a highway-like street called Carretera La Isabela, reached an area where, adjacent to the street, there is what looks like back side of a large industrial or government compound, which looks distantly American or at least not at all in anyway possible Dominican, which I had seen many times before but it just then made sense to me, this was the backside of the new US Embassy which I’d written about last month (see that report here: Part 2. New (not yet in service) US Embassy and US Consulate in the Dominican Republic. Exclusive photographs!).
As regular readers of the WOBIK blog may remember, the new (construction not yet complete, though scheduled to be opened summer 2013, last year) US Embassy and US Consulate is located on Avenida República de Colombia.
However, on Wednesday we discovered that their compound covers a relatively large area of land which extends north to the Carretera (or highway) La Isabela where there are several exits and entrances including those for motor vehicles.
Later on today I pan to add a several photographs of the back side of the new US Embassy and US Consulate to the comments section of the above cited report.
In any event, we stopped and snapped a few pictures and then turned around, pulled a near-death-experience wheelie (considering that Kenya can sentence me to the death penalty, if I figured the wheelie would be something like warm-up stretch before trying out real death), and headed in a return direction on the Carretera (or highway) La Isabela because I wanted to take a look at my old fishing hole which is specific spot located on the Isabela River (Rio Isabela). You have turn off Carretera Las Isabela near it’s overpass of Avenida Jacobo Majluta Azar on small street named Ercilia Pepin which will lead your down to small bridge which crosses a very small stream or creek called Arroyo Manzano (appears as a small river or waterway on online maps).
Adjacent to the creek (i.e., Arroyo Manzano) is an earthen or dirt road (it doesn’t have a name) which will lead you to the Isabela River which is a good-sized river where I once quietly and comfortably fished in years past. NOTE: It should be noted that such areas can be extremely dangerous and you should never enter (although I have ignored my own advice on many occasions) without a weapon such as a machete or a handgun, and be prepared to use said weapon(s) if needed.
As I neared the River Isabela I saw what appeared to be green-colored plants on top of the water. What was this? I’d never seen the river like this in the past. As I drove closer to the river I ascertained that the river had been drained or capped. There might be a small amount of water flowing under all of the green-colored plants (I don’t know the common name, nor the scientific name, for these plants.) but other than that, and a few deeper holes of water without the green colored plants down the river, the water was gone.
I haven’t been able to ascertain why the river has been capped, drained or dammed but I do know that a couple of years ago the river was exceedingly contaminated and full of garbage ans waste. Moreover, it seems like there is always some new save-the-rivers-project (not just the Isabela, but the Ozama and others) which are typically never carried but if the Isabela River has been capped it may be some sort of project. It’s also equally possible that the river has been dammed to use the water for some other area or need.
As we were leaving the Isabela River we decided to take different route home so we got on Avenida Jacobo Majluta Azar and took this last picture from it’s bridge which crosses the Isabela River. We hope you like it:
I like the Dominican Republic better than Kenya and I move the Honorable Court to please reject Kenya’s request to have me extradited to East Africa.
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