SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) – Authorities in the Dominican Republic are opening an investigation into allegations Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sanó participated in the kidnapping and assault of a man, prosecutors said Thursday. The Twins, however, said they were told Sanó was cleared of the accusations.
Sanó denied the allegations and has said he is being blackmailed.
The player appeared Thursday at a hearing in the Prosecutor’s Office in his hometown of San Pedro de Macorís. The hearing was called so the sides could present their versions of events and seek a conciliation, but none was reached.
Faced with a failure to reconcile, the Dominican justice system will open an investigation into the case, according to the prosecutor’s office. No charges have been filed against Sanó.
“My lawyers take care of that. I don’t know. They are what the ones who know, I don’t know about this,” Sanó told The Associated Press when asked about what awaits him in the case.
Lawyers for Raudy Omar Sánchez De La Cruz say they have evidence and testimony that Sanó and three of his friends kidnapped, beat and threatened to hang Sánchez De La Cruz.
Sanó has alleged that Sánchez de la Cruz is involved in a case of sexual abuse against a young relative of his. Charges have not been presented into this allegation.
The Twins are expecting Sanó to travel to Minnesota by the end of the week to join the team for training, in advance of the season, which is set to start in late July.