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    http://po.org.ar/blog/2013/05/04/una-lucha-que-sigue/ (English and Spanish versions) A struggle that continues Prensa Obrera 1266 – 05/02/13 | Partido Obrero
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      A struggle that continues
      Prensa Obrera 1266 – 05/02/13 | Partido Obrero (Workers Party) | May 2, 2013

      The struggle for justice for Mariano Ferreyra continues on many fronts and in
      various different forms. In a few weeks, the trial of the Railway Union "expert"
      who tried to destroy the evidence of the projectile that killed Mariano will
      begin. The case of the attempted payment of bribes to Court of Cassation
      (Superior Court) judges, in which an additional person has been charged, is also
      moving forward. Finally, the much touted protected witness provided by the
      government is under investigation for possibly having participated in the crime.

      An "expert" on trial
      Roberto Jorge Locles a retired Army captain, will be brought to trial in June
      for having altered the bullet extracted from the body of Mariano Ferreyra.
      Locles was expert witness for the defense of William Uño, a member of the gang
      that attacked the outsourced workers on October 20. Locles, not even an expert,
      has acted as a provocateur in several widely publicized cases. A long-standing
      resolution of the Court, dating back to 1998, indicates that Locles was not
      expert or qualified in this area. As a result he was excluded from the list of
      experts in forensic ballistics, in which he possesses no evidence of specialized
      training. The lawyer Gustavo Igounet, defense counsel for Uño, and linked to a
      firm that used to defend repressors of the Air Force, could hardly have been
      unaware of this in relation to Locles, who is quite a buffoon. In other words,
      one should wonder whether Locles' role, when he was hired by the Railway Union,
      was not precisely that: to destroy evidence. Locles has experience in this
      regard: some fifty murderers belonging to the Buenos Aires Province police
      force, accused in cases of trigger-happy caused deaths, managed to be cleared of
      charges due to the "expertise" of this individual.
      Now Locles is going to be put on trial because, according to the prosecutor's
      brief "with the alleged purpose of explaining his theory (that the bullet had
      bounced before wounding the victim), he repeatedly struck the projectile against
      the surface of the work table in the lab", which caused the bullet to be
      "slightly crushed in parts of the nose and body, more specifically where linear
      and parallel deformations were to be found on the projectile."
      Igounet, we should be reminded, received no fees from Uño, but rather from the
      Railway Union, and kept them abreast of his efforts and legal strategies in
      relation to the now convicted "Gallego" Fernández, one of the instigators of the
      murder of Mariano.
      Locles' obvious purpose was to deform the projectile, which had the direct
      consequences of not only establishing the alleged rebound, but also allowing
      that deformation to make it difficult to determine the direction of the shot,
      because the side that was pounded was precisely the one bearing linear and
      parallel marks indicating the direction in which the said weapon was aimed by
      the shooter.
      Locles' intention in carrying out this criminal act was to underpin the
      ridiculous theory that Igounet tried to introduce: that the shot that killed
      Mariano was not only the product of a rebound, but that our comrade had also
      been the victim of "friendly fire".
      The comrades of the Partido Obrero (Workers Party) who were wounded that October
      20 are now plaintiffs in the case against Locles, for whom a sentence of four
      years imprisonment, the maximum expected effective sentence for these cases,
      will be sought, as well as his disqualification for the maximum period provided
      by the Penal Code.

      The case of attempted bribery of the Court of Cassation (Superior Court)
      Susana Planas, childhood friend of Pedraza's wife, Graciela Coria, has just been
      charged in the case of attempted bribery of the Court of Cassation with the aim
      of achieving Pedraza's release during the trial for the murder of Mariano.
      Planas was legal representative for Belgrano Cargo (Belgrano Cargas) and the
      "cooperative" Mercosur Labor (Trabajo del Mercosur).
      In that case, as we know, charges were brought against Pedraza; the former agent
      of the Side (Secretaría de Inteligencia - Intelligence Secretariat), Juan
      Riquelme; Angel Stafforini, accountant for the Railway Union and on the board of
      Belgrano Cargo; former federal judge Octavio Araoz de Lamadrid, and Luis
      Escobar, an employee of the Criminal Chamber.
      Planas was charged for having accompanied Stafforini to deliver the $ 50,000 in
      cash to Araoz de Lamadrid's office, with the intention of his then making
      delivery of the bribes to Court of Cassation judges.
      Judge William Rongo, in charge of the case, has not departed from Judge Alberto
      Baños' decision, made when charges were brought against those first accused in
      the case, in the sense that knowledge of the intentions of the accused cannot be
      attributed to the judges who were to be bribed.
      However, transcripts of recordings, placed as evidence in the case, make it
      clear that Riquelme had repeated contacts with judge Eduardo Rafael Riggi and
      also spoke of the matter with members of the Railway Union.
      Recently, Gerardo "601" Martínez, Uocra (Construction workers union) capo and
      leader of the CGT-Balcarce (Balcarce General Federation of Labor Unions), was
      called to testify as a witness, because the transcripts established that
      Riquelme promised to talk to him in order to obtain housing for Riggi's son.
      So far there has been a desire to protect the judges involved in this issue. Of
      these, the main suspicion falls upon said Riggi, who is still Vice President of
      Division III of the Court of Cassation, since Riquelme, from home, spoke to
      Pedraza to inform him that he had met with the judge.

      A resolution which passed unnoticed
      One of the resolutions in the decision of the Oral Criminal Court 21, which
      ruled in the case of the murder of Mariano Ferreyra and attempted murder of Elsa
      Rodriguez and other comrades, ordered that the witness Alejandro Benitez be
      This Benitez is none other than the famous protected witness who was brought
      into the case via the Mayor of Quilmes, Francisco "Barba" Gutierrez, in an
      operation carried out under the personal supervision of [former Argentine
      President] Néstor Kirchner. Afterwards, as we know, the President would
      attribute all the merit of the investigation to the government, precisely
      because it had contributed that witness.
      Benitez was caught on camera in images taken by channel C5N when he arrived with
      the gang he was part of to attack the outsourced workers that October 20, 2010.
      He can be seen in the front row, running while smoking a cigarette, wearing a
      backpack, and dressed in a blue and white striped sweatshirt.
      A former boxer, Benitez worked in a Railway Union gym located at the
      Constitution train station. The man benefited from a special work routine thanks
      to the efforts made in his favor by Antonio Luna, former deputy secretary of
      Benitez's testimony was one of several others that determined the guilt of the
      accused. Moreover, his statement coincided with that of other "repentant"
      members of the gang. He pointed out Cristian Favale as one of the shooters as
      well as the role played by Pablo Diaz at the scene of the crime. Now, OCD 21 has
      ordered that he be investigated as an alleged accomplice in the murder since a
      witness saw him as he was giving order together with the convicted Jorge Daniel
      Gonzalez. Benitez, according to this witness, was carrying an object that looked
      like a gun.
      As things stand, the witness provided by the government may well be one of the
      criminals. However, we are well aware that the defense attorneys, who had
      requested the annulment of Benítez' declaration and the cancellation of his
      testimony, will try to make use of this point.

      Claudia Ferraro
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