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A Woman Killed Every 35 Hours, Report Reveals


Fabiana Túñez and Ada Rico from Casa del Encuentro at the book launch (photo courtesy of Casa del Encuentro on Facebook)

Fabiana Túñez and Ada Rico at the book launch (photo courtesy of Casa del Encuentro on Facebook)

A report by NGO Casa del Encuentro revealed that a woman is killed every 35 hours in Argentina. In the first nine months of 2013 alone, 209 women have been killed as a result of gender violence, an 8% increase since 2012.

The information was revealed yesterday in the presentation of the book ‘For them…’, which compiles five years of reports published by Casa del Encuentro’s Femicides Observatory and was financed by Fundación Avón and the US Embassy.

Since the Observatory began working in 2008 due to a lack of official statistics on femicides, it has recorded 1,432 gender-related murders, which have left 1,793 children without their mothers. Ada Rico, director of the Observatory, said during the book presentation yesterday at the US Embassy, that “there is still a high number of deaths due to gender violence; there has been progress with the law that increased sentences, but we’re still lacking prevention to avoid murder. And if a homicide happens, the aggressor should be denied custody of the children and should support the family of the victim financially for the minors’ wellbeing.”

Data from 2013 shows that 65% of the 209 murders were committed by the victim’s partner or ex-partner, and 58% were committed in the victim’s, the murderer’s or their shared home. The majority of victims (70%) were aged between 19 and 50, however there was a 100% increase in the number of victims aged 60 or more between 2012 and 2013.

In 2013 there were also 36 victims of “related femicides”, 12 of which were children. “Related femicides” are defined as murders of people close to the woman the aggressor is attempting to dominate, or those who are killed whilst trying to impede the murder. This year alone, 293 people lost their mother to gender violence, at least 67% of them were under 18.

Fabiana Túñez, from Casa del Encuentro, demanded “more public policies” and “more prevention” to overcome sexist violence in Argentina. One prevention measure that should be implemented is the anti-panic button, said Rico, which “can save a life. However, it’s not found at the national level, and in the places where it does exist, such as Buenos Aires, Tigre, Bahía Blanca, Santa Fe, Córdoba, and Río Grande, the cases [of gender violence] have decreased.”

The book ‘For them…’ (‘Por ellas….‘), in Spanish, is available for free at www.porellaslibro.com.

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Dominican Republic: Hate Crimes and Mass Repatriation Over Weekend


Danilo Medina

President of the Dominican Republic Danilo Medina (Photo: Wikipedia)

The Support Group for Repatriates and Refugees (GARR) has condemned the incidents that took place this weekend in the Dominican Republic in which at least six people, four Haitians and two Dominicans, were murdered and around 350 Haitians were repatriated in a period of 48 hours.

According to the statement, 347 Haitians were repatriated between 23th and 24th November over the Jimani/Malpasse boarder. It has been reported that 107 of those repatriated were young children, one of them only three days old. The majority of those deported had gone to police stations and military barracks in the area of Neiba, in the south of the Dominican Republic, to escape an outbreak of hate crimes carried out by a group of Dominicans looking to avenge the death of two Dominicans reportedly killed by Haitian robbers. The GARR has collected statements confirming the death of four Haitians, although several others are said to have been lynched.

Four repatriated Haitians confessed to GARR that they had been forced to dig the grave of the murdered Haitians in the Naiba cemetery. According to the statement, many Haitians have shut themselves inside their houses or are hiding in the houses of Dominican friends for protection. Meanwhile, from the Grand Bois Cornillons area of Haiti, the GARR and other human rights committees reported observing the arrival of hundreds of Haitians fleeing the Dominican Republic over the mountains.

In their statement, GARR denounced the behaviour of the Dominican military authorities and the police for deporting many “defenseless people who had come to them to ask for protection and were deported without any coordination with the Haitian authorities”. They said, “It is inconceivable that very young children and heavily pregnant woman are pushed towards the border in these conditions”.

This new incident has arisen in a difficult context where the rights of Haitian immigrants and their descendants have been gravely weakened after Dominican authorities complied with their Constitutional Court’s decision to withdraw the Dominican nationality of children born to foreign parents, the majority of whom are Haitian, living in the Dominican Republic. According the the GARR some Dominicans who are hostile towards Haitians have interpreted the decision as a green light from the authorities “to humiliate and force any Haitian to abandon their Dominican home.”

The decision has also been heavily condemned by the International community. In a statement released this weekend, leaders of the sub-regional Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) declared their “collective abhorrence” to the ruling. They described the decision as “repulsive and discriminatory” and added “we profoundly regret the failure of the Dominican government to take corrective measures”. They also called on the the wider Caribbean Community (CARICOM) grouping to “immediately suspend any consideration of the application by the Dominican Republic for membership of CARICOM.” A special meeting of the CARICOM bureau to discuss the court ruling will be held in Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday.

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Haiti: President Faces Dismissal over Murder Case


Michael Martelly faces dismissal (photo: PD-USGov-DOS, US Department of State)

Michael Martelly faces dismissal (photo: PD-USGov-DOS, US Department of State)

The Haitian Senate have decided to open an investigation into the president and prime minister for being implicated in the murder of a judge. Yesterday, they approved a commission which recommends the dismissal of the president.

President Michael Martelly and two members of parliament are facing dismissal from the government as they are allegedly involved in the murder of a judge who was investigating an accusation against the wife and a child of the president.

The judge, Jean Serge Joseph, died suspiciously on the 13th July of a cerebral hemorrhage. The admitting hospital stated that Joseph died of a “cerebrovascular accident” or stroke but Joseph’s family and several high profile politicians believe Joseph was poisoned.

The president’s wife, Sophia Saint-Remy, and her son Olivier, were being accused of “usurpation of functions and conspiracy” in their manipulation of public funds.

The main driving force behind the charges against the president is Senator Moïse Jean-Charles, the leader of the opposition.

Members of parliament have determined that the president visited the judge two days before his death to try and pressure him regarding his case involving Saint-Rémy.

Jean-Charles said that after the suspicions about the crime had been made known to the Senate, they democratically decided whether to pass the commission proposing Martelly’s dismissal on Tuesday evening.

Seven senators voted for the proposal, zero against, and nine abstained from voting.

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Paraguay: Leader of the Peasant Farmers’ Movement Killed by Gunmen


Soy fields in Paraguay (photo: Patty P)

Soy fields in Paraguay (photo: Patty P)

A leader of the Paraguayan peasant farmers’ movement was killed in his home by gunmen, police confirmed today. His son was also severely injured during the attack.

Inocencio Sanabria, 46 years, who was from the town of Arroyito, in the district of Concepción, was the leader of a peasant farmer organisation. This organisation is fighting against the eviction of subsistence farmers from their land due to the uncontrolled expansion of large farming estates for the cultivation of soy.

According to information released by Radio Nanduti, a Paraguayan radio station, the attack took place at 7pm last night. Two men approached Sanabria’s house on a motorbike pretending to be selling medicine. Once they had located Sanabria, they opened fire killing him immediately and seriously injuring one of his sons, who has been taken to the regional hospital in Concepción.

Days before the attack, Sanabria had attended a social forum in the town on Horqueta where participants strongly condemned the attitude of landowners planting soy. In the run-up to the forum, residents of the area had warned of the possibility of revenge attacks on those that opposed the cultivation of soy.

Sanabria is the third leader involved in peasant farmers’ protests to be killed by gunmen in their homes in the past year. Benjamin Lezcano was assassinated in the same town, Arroyito, six months ago and Vidal Vega was killed in Curuguaty in December 2012. Vega had been a key witness in the Curuguaty Massacre case.

Arroyito, which is located in the northeast of the country, is a highly militarised zone and also an area where a guerrilla group, the Paraguyan People’s Army (EPP) is active. Abel Irala, spokesperson for Service for Peace and Justice, a human rights organisation, said about Sanabria’s case: “The peasant farmers do not know who sent the assassins, whether it was the landowners, the police, or the EPP. These people are suffering feelings of insecurity, fear, and pain´.

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Venezuela: Colombians Arrested for Presidential Assassination Plot


Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro (Facebook)

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro (Facebook)

Venezuela’s Minister of Interior, Justice and Peace, Miguel Rodriguez Torres, announced that two Colombians have been arrested on suspicion of plotting to kill Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro.

Victor Joan Gueche Mosquera, 22, and Erick Leonardo Huerta Ríos, 18, were arrested on 15th August, but the information was only made public today. It seems the target of the attack was Maduro, but if that assassination failed, the president of the National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, would be targetted.

The pair were caught in a motel on a highway leading from the Altos Mirandinos, in the west of the country, to Caracas. They are suspected to have been working under the orders of Alejandro Caicedo Alfonso, also known as ‘David’. Another man, Carlos Salcedo, is being sought.

According to Torres, they were found with two loaded guns, pictures of Maduro and Cabello, and ten uniforms of the Venezuelan army. “They said they came here to kill someone, but they didn’t give an name.”

He said that Colombian authorities have been helping with the investigation, and that all facts were verified with the neighbour’s intelligence services before being made public, hence the delay in the arrests coming to light.

Torres added that the operation, dubbed ‘Yellow File’, would have been executed by ten men in total, information confirmed by the Colombian intelligence services.

He also stated that former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe would be implicated in the plan: “He is linked to a drug trafficking group, we would not be surprised if we learnt that he gave the instructions.”

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Porter Confesses to Ángeles Rawson Murder


The porter of Ángeles Rawson’s apartment building has confessed to her murder, after the 16 year-old disappeared on 10th June.

Jorge Mangeri, 45, the main and only suspect in the investigation, confessed yesterday: “I am responsible for what happened at 2360 Ravignani, my wife has nothing to do with it, don’t involve her in this…it was me.”

The neighbourhood of Colegiales (Photo by Tanoka on Flickr)

This past Friday, Mangeri stood before district attorney Maria Paula Asar in order to testify as a witness in the investigation, but suspicions were raised after he became nervous and stumbled over persistent questions over unusual scratches on his torso.

The porter said: “it was an accident, I did not …”, before he alleged that he had been kidnapped, burned with cigarettes, and scratched in two episodes over Thursday and Friday, according to sources. Doctors believe the scratches to be self-inflicted, possibly to cover up the scratches of the girl.

The attorney then stated that Mangeri could officially no longer speak as a witness and he was formally charged with the crime. Represented by Carlos Garay, Mangeri was called for questioning on Saturday morning but refused to testify.

A statement released by the prosecution detailed the continual contradictions by Mangeri: “Mangeri reported alleged mistreatment and deprivation of liberty, and said he suffered the injuries hours before.”

It was confirmed by the autopsy that Ángeles was not raped, and that she was strangled to death. DNA tests are being undertaken this week.

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Bolivia: Murder Suspect “Buried Alive In Victim’s Grave”


Potosi City (Wikipedia)

Potosi City (Wikipedia)

A Bolivian youth has reportedly been buried alive alongside the dead body of the woman he was accused of raping and murdering.

José Luis Barrios, the chief prosecutor in Potosí province, stated that local police had identified 17-year-old Santos Ramos as the possible suspect alleged to have sexually assaulted and killed 35-year-old Leandra Arias Janco last Sunday.

According to reports, more than 200 community members apprehended Ramos and buried him alive during the funeral of Janco on Wednesday. Residents are also said to have blocked the roads leading to the village to stop police from intervening.

The events took place in a Quechua community near the municipality of Colquencha, located in the Bolivian Andes. Just over 5,000 people live in Colquencha some 300km south-east of La Paz, Bolivia’s capital city.

A local reporter, who would only speak if granted anonymity, told national press that the suspect was first tied by his hands and feet at Janco’s funeral before being thrown into her open grave. The woman’s coffin was then placed on top of him before the cavity was filled with earth.

Barrios also confirmed a suspected thief was also stoned to death while his accomplice burned alive on Wednesday by residents of another Quechua community, Tres Cruces. The suspects had earlier robbed a car and killed its driver.

Lynchings and cases of “vigilante justice” are not uncommon in this part of Bolivia where police presence is often scarce.

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Uruguay: Former General Convicted for Murder During Dictatorship


A former general in the Uruguayan army, Miguel Dalmao, has been found guilty of a murder dating back to 1974, when the country was under military rule.

Supreme Court of Uruguay (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Supreme Court of Uruguay (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Dalmao was sentenced yesterday to 28 years in prison by the Uruguayan Supreme Court of Justice in what has been celebrated as a victory by human rights advocates and former political prisoners in the country.

The 61-year-old has been imprisoned since 2010 while the case was being processed. His victim was an imprisoned communist militant Nibia Sabalsagaray, aged 25, who was also a professor of literature. The court heard that her death was the result of torture carried out by Dalmao.

The case has suffered delays due to a heart condition suffered by Dalmoa, who is currently receiving treatment in hospital.

Baldemar Taroco, Vice President of the Association of Ex Political Prisoners of Uruguay, said, “Violations of basic rights took place during the dictatorship. Dalmao committed crimes against humanity.”

Taroco also described the sentence as a “victory against state terrorism” and said that if these types of crimes are not punished then the country runs the risk of seeing them repeated.

An expiry law, which has prevented many crimes during the dictatorship from being brought to justice, “remains a wall” against more than 100 allegations of “murder, disappearance, and rape”, added Taroco.

Miguel Langón, Dalmao’s counsel, said that he hoped for the acquittal of the former dictator after reportedly submitting an appeal. “I hope the Court of Appeal corrects this mistake, there is a high possibility that Sabalsagaray committed suicide. It is clear the killing has not been proven,” he told local press outside the court.

The Ministry of Defence has not commented on the ruling, nor have any military officials, many of whom are ex-soldiers who served during the time of the dictatorship.

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Top 5 Infamous Argentine Killers


Like any country, Argentina has had its fair share of notorious murderers over the years but this week’s (rather morbid) Top 5 examines the worst of the worst, including homicidal midgets, explosive anarchists, and shotgun-wielding dentists. Many of the following stories are hard to believe, as though they have been conjured from horrendously warped imaginations, but they are all very true and very disturbing.

Cayetano Godino (Photo: Wikipedia)

Cayetano Godino (Photo: Wikipedia)

Cayetano Godino, aka “The Big-Eared Midget” (1896-1944)

As a serial killer, it is perhaps best to remain inconspicuous so that in the event of suspicion you at least have a chance of evading capture. However, Cayetano Santos Godino, whose nickname was “Petiso Orejudo” (“Big Eared Midget”), struggled with anonymity. Born in 1896, he set his sights on two career paths at a young age: arson and killing. By the time of his death in 1944 he had racked up quite a list of crimes, including the murder of four children, attempted murder of seven others, and the arson of several buildings.

One of eight brothers, Godino experienced abuse at the hands of his alcoholic father throughout his childhood. His formative years were spent killing birds and cats, playing with fire, avoiding school, and generally making a nuisance of himself. His first recorded crime came at the age of seven, when he brutally beat up a two-year-old boy before tossing him into a ditch. A police officer saw this happen and promptly marched him to the nearest station.

A few years down the line, and perhaps a little harshly, the curious Godino received a two-year jail sentence for compulsive masturbation, an illegal activity at the time, after his mother reported his antics to the police. Soon after this embarrassment, the killings began. First was the murder of 13-year-old Arturo Laurona, shortly followed by that of Reyna Vainicoff, aged five, who failed to recover after he set her dress on fire.

In 1912, Godino enticed another victim, Jesualdo Giordano, into an abandoned house with some sweets before beating him and hammering a nail into the side of his head. He was arrested in 1913 and spent the rest of his years behind bars where he was severely beaten by a group of inmates for killing their cats. From 1935 onwards, he received no visitors and died in prison under unexplained circumstances.

Yiya Murano (Photo: Wikipedia)

Yiya Murano (Photo: Wikipedia)

Yiya Murano, aka “The Monserrat Poisoner” (1930 – present)

Her full name was Maria de las Mercedes Bernardino Bolla Murano, quite a mouthful and certainly hard to swallow, not unlike the cyanide she used to poison her three innocent victims. Better known as Yiya Murano or the poisoner of Montserrat, she had a penchant for expensive clothes and jewelry, although her bank account was often dry. She struggled to afford the materialistic fashion items that she hoped would propel her image from run-of-the-mill porteña teacher to educated madame.

Not only this, but Yiya was also in debt to her cousin, Zulema “Mema” de el Giorgio Venturini, who conveniently died of ‘heart failure’ before Yiya had a chance to reimburse her. Zulema’s daughter, Diana, also noticed that a $20 million (pesos ley) IOU was missing from her mother’s belongings after a visit from Yiya.

After an unsuccessful search of her deceased mother’s house for the note, Diana learned from the doorman that Yiya had come to visit on the day of Diana’s death and had brought some home baked petit fours– which turned out to be hiding a cyanide filling. She was apparently carrying a note in her hand when she left. Alarm bells rang and Diana informed the authorities who carried out a post-mortem on her mother which revealed death by poison.

However, before these results came to light, Yiya was able to bestow her culinary magic on two further victims, both of whom she owed money to. Nilda Gamba, Yiya’s neighbour, and ‘friend’ Lelia Formisano, were both found dead as a result of ingesting cyanide. On 27th April, 1979, police arrested Yiya at her home and charged her with triple homicide. Even after being locked up she never confessed and, bizarrely, after only three years in prison she was acquitted due to a lack of witnesses.

However, after an appeal the authorities soon locked her up once again, and this time she was given 16 years to mull over her crimes. During this time her husband passed away and her son wrote a book in 1994 about his mother’s crimes. He wasn’t shy in telling the world what he thought about his murdering mum (manipulative, cold, theatrical, and egoistical, to name some of the adjectives he used).

Yiya was released in 1995 under the controversial ’2×1′ rule, which effectively halved her sentence. Rumour has it she thanked the judges that intervened in her case by sending them a box of sweets. She is still alive today, seeing out the rest of her days in a old people’s home, and occasionally rolling back the years to give frank television interviews about her past exploits.

Simón Radowitzky (Photo: Wikipedia)

Simón Radowitzky (Photo: Wikipedia)

Simón Radowitzky (1891-1956)

Simón Radowitzky, a Ukranian immigrant and anarchist activist, made history as an 18-year-old when he killed Colonel Ramón Falcón, the chief of police who on 1st May 1909 had ordered the brutal repression of a popular demonstration in the streets of Buenos Aires. Radowitzky would spend the next 21 years of his life in prison, in almost complete isolation. Although many refused to justify his crime, his idealism and boldness earned him the admiration of leftist groups, and he became a cult legend in the eyes of some activists and workers.

Falcón was a fearsome character. He was a military man of the old school, a priest of law and order: severe, intrepid, incorruptible. He was also a widower with no children and, as it was once said, “he has neither vices nor luxuries, Falcón does not sleep.”

Radowitzky decided it would be a good idea to eliminate him, and when he learned that Falcón was going to be returning from a funeral in a horse driven carriage, he devised a home-made bomb. José Fornes, who was driving a car behind Falcón, spotted a young man sprinting after the coach carrying the chief of police and 20-year-old Alberto Lastigua, his private secretary. Before anyone was fast enough to react, Radowitzky ran up to the coach, threw a package into the compartment and fled before a terrible explosion shook the scene. A chase ensued, and the Ukranian was pursued by a number of Falcón’s entourage.

It is reported that Falcón did not loose consciousness as a result of the explosion, and that he insisted his secretary be helped before him. Both were tended to with makeshift bandages, but neither was in a good way. The bomb had ripped through their legs, and the bleeding was severe. They later died in hospital.

Radowitzky was caught after falling in the street and was described as “disagreeably pale with a small, rather wispy, reddish moustache, bony features, the jaw of a boxer, watery eyes, and large lampshade ears. Undoubtedly Russian.”

He was taken to the nearest police station where confusion ensued about his real identity and age. He claimed to be 18 and therefore ineligible for the death penalty. Regardless of the fact that the government wanted him to suffer for his crime, the most they could do was put a life sentence on his head, which they did. In 1930 President Yrigoyen pardoned Radowitzky with the condition of permanent exile, outraging the establishment.

Ricardo Barreda, aka “Conchita” (1936 – present)

Some people hate going to the dentist, but probably not as much as the wife, daughters, and mother-in-law of Ricardo Alberto Barreda. The day of 15th November 1992 witnessed the brutal killing of the women in question in La Plata, who had apparently collectively driven Barreda to commit the crimes by continuously hounding, abusing, mocking, and generally bullying him.

Unlike the ‘Angel of Death’ or the ‘Montserrat Poisoner’, whose nicknames carry menace and threat, Barreda was labeled ‘Conchita’ or ‘pussy’. It is reported that the female influence in the house dominated the poor dentist and he was often ordered to carry out housework and other domestic tasks. Some men who have been unlucky enough to live with their mother-in-law might have some sympathy for Barreda, but not the pre-meditated murder of 82-year-old Elen Arrecheusing with a shotgun. The same shotgun was used to kill his two daughters, Cecilia (26) and Adriana (24) and his wife.

However, Barreda was still compos mentis enough to attempt a cover-up and after unloading a suitable amount of hot lead he proceeded to ruff up the house hoping that the authorities would think a simple robbery/multiple murder had taken place. He then took the gun, spent cartridges, and drove to a local canal in an ever-dependable Ford Falcon to dump the evidence. Then, as one does after shooting family members, Barreda spent the afternoon at the zoo, followed by a trip to the cemetery, and, to round the day off, a quickie with his lover, Hilda Bono, in a hotel.

Upon returning to his house and finding an ambulance and police services, Barreda feigned despair. The authorities did not fall for his trickery though and he was promptly read his rights and marched off to court. He was handed a hefty sentence but was released in 2008 and kept under house arrest.

The case received a huge amount of media interest, and Barreda’s life after the crime was the subject of a book called ‘Conchita: Ricardo Barrera, el hombre que no amaba a las mujeres’ (The man who didn’t love women), released 20 years after the crime, in 2012.

Carlos Eduardo Robledo Puch 1972 (Photo: Wikipedia)

Carlos Eduardo Robledo Puch 1972 (Photo: Wikipedia)

Carlos Robledo Puch, aka “The Angel of Death” (1952 – present)

The last words of Carlos Eduardo Robledo Puch, aka “The Angel of Death,” uttered to the court after being found guilty of multiple homicide in 1980 were: “Someday I’m going to get out and kill you all.”

Many in the room would have probably taken stock of this statement considering that Robledo Puch committed 11 murders, one rape, one count of sexual abuse, two kidnappings and two thefts. Not only this, but two of his murders were committed while the victims were asleep.

Robledo Puch did not always act alone: he had a sidekick who went by the name of Jorge Ibáñez. Together they robbed, pillaged, raped, and generally caused havoc around Buenos Aires. During one particular getaway, Robledo Puch was driving when he crashed, killing his partner in crime. Rumours suggest that this was no accident and that Robledo Puch wanted rid of Ibáñez due to an unsettled score years earlier.

After this incident there was a short break in criminal activity associated with the Death Angel, but things soon heated up in 1971 after a new impressionable accomplice joined the fold. Héctor Somoza breathed fresh life into Robledo Puch as they went on a rampage involving stealing cars from garages and shooting the salesmen point blank in the head. Unfortunately for Somoza, things didn’t work out, and during a bodged robbery he was murdered by Robledo Puch after apparently startling him.

As if this wasn’t enough, the Death Angel then proceeded to burn the face of the corpse in the hope that he would not be identified by the police. Not long after this, in 1972, Robledo Puch was arrested at the tender age of 20, and eventually sentenced to life in prison eight years later. He remains there today, having been recently denied parole.

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Killing of Key Witness in Once Train Accident Case ‘Suspicious’


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National Security Secretary Sergio Berni (Photo: Courtesy Ministerio de Seguridad de Argentina)

Sergio Berni, Security Secretary, has admitted that the murder of Leonardo Andrada, a key witness in the Once rail tragedy investigation, is “suspicious”.

“A full expansion of the investigation needs to take place in order to clarify what took place, an answer needs to be found.” Said Berni in an interview with local radio station, La Red.

“There is no doubt that the circumstances are suspicious. The judiciary needs to fully examine what happened and make a conclusion,” he added.

Fifty-three-year-old Andrada had testified that the conductor blamed for the accident had left from the Moreno station 20 minutes late, which prompted the hypothesis that the ill-fated train was going faster than it should have upon arriving a Once station. Andrada was brutally murdered last Friday having been shot four times in the back at a bus stop in Ituzaingó.

The attackers stole his mobile phone but did not take any of the other belongings including a rucksack and over $1,200 in cash.

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