Two judges of the Oral Criminal Court 1 of Mar del Plata who They acquitted those accused of raping and murdering the adolescent Lucía Pérez in 2016 they were temporarily suspended from their duties to be subjected to a jury by unanimous decision of the Jury for the Prosecution of Magistrates of the province of Buenos Aires.
In addition to the suspension of the magistrates, in the hearing that took place in the last hours the Jury also resolved that he be garnish 40 percent of wages Judges Juan Facundo Gómez Urso and Pablo Viñas, who in November 2018 acquitted Matías Farías, Juan Pablo Offidani and Alejandro Maciel for the femicide of Lucía, a resolution that was revoked by the Chamber of Cassation last year.
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The vigil of Lucía Pérez’s parents
The relatives of Lucía Pérez and feminist organizations mobilized to the city of La Plata on Tuesday morning to accompany the beginning of the debate and ask for Justice. “This jury is important to us, we want these judges removed so that women can be more calm and at peace, “said Marta Montero, mother of the murdered adolescent, in dialogue with Radio Province.
For the woman, after the suspension, the trial will come, which she remarked as necessary so that “justice begins to change.” “This fight belongs to all women, I invite you to join us to wait for this ruling. In this audience they will tell us what will happen, let’s all be together, this is good for all women, not only for Lucia ”, he highlighted.
The Jury’s resolution
As published Telam, In an extensive resolution the Jury reflected the arguments of the prosecuting parties and the defense of the magistrates, and considered that “there are elements to, at first glance, consider credible the accusations handed down”To the magistrates.
And they added that “the defense effort in pursuit of a diverse interpretation of the fundamentals Given in the sentence handed down by the defendants, it would not be enough, for now, to enervate the charges laid down in the indictment ”.
Meanwhile, the accusation of the Bicameral Commission for the Prosecution of Magistrates indicates that “the complaint is related to the resolution of free acquittal that will benefit in the oral trial the perpetrators of the crimes for the very serious crime of sexual abuse with carnal access aggravated by having caused the death of the offended and having been favored by the supply of narcotics “.
“The complaints are reported in a concordant way that the girl was drugged, sexually abused and murderedTherefore, the sentence handed down, far from being in accordance with the law, evidences a clear arbitrariness, which leaves femicide unpunished, which demonstrates with supine clarity the incompetence and non-compliance with the duties of the position of the judges, ”the accusers pointed out.
They also considered that “it is noted that there was no justification to deny that in the event there had been a sexual abuse with respect to the minor, with the aggravating factors already mentioned ”.
The report also questioned that TOC 1 focused on “Inquire into the personality, attitudes and behaviors previous experiences of the victim, such as their way of relating to men, their social life, their character and in distinguishing the conduct of the accused and from there, consider whether Lucía had consented to carnal access ”.
In addition to the Bicameral, the judges were indicted by the Ombudsman’s Office, Lucia’s parents, national legislators and the Attorney General of the Supreme Court of Provincial Justice.
The femicide of Lucía Pérez
Lucia’s murder occurred on the morning of October 8, 2016. According to the Public Ministry’s hypothesis, the teenager had met Farías and Offidani the day before, when they approached through a friend from Middle School 3 for sell you a marijuana cigarette.
The next day, Farías summoned her to her house on 4800 Racedo Street, in the southern part of the city, where she was allegedly drugged and abused. After, they left her dead at the Playa Serena hospital. According to the case instruction, the body was washed and conditioned with the help of Maciel.
Prosecutor Daniel Vicente had asked for life for Offidani and Farías for having taken Lucía to a house where she was abused sexually. However, Maciel acquitted for the cover-upWhile Farias and Offidani were convicted only of selling narcotics for commercialization to the detriment of a minor and in the vicinity of an educational establishment.
The subsequent ruling of Cassation harshly questioned the task of the judges of TOC N ° 1: “The Court inexplicably focuses on investigating the personality, attitudes and previous behaviors of the victim, her way of relating to men, her life social, their character, and in distinguishing the conduct of the accused, and from there, consider whether Lucía had consented to carnal access ”. “The androcentrism of the law is demonstrated: they ruled out possible sexual abuse with respect to Lucia, because she was a girl with a strong personality,” they criticized.