Thursday, December 13th 2012 - 06:48 UTC

Argentine president and Michelle Obama take a personal interest in the Marita Veron case

President Cristina Fernandez and First Lady Michelle Obama have expressed a personal interest in the case of forced prostitution of a young woman and acquittal of all suspects, which has shocked Argentina.

Susana Trimarco said her quest for justice was “not over” and pledged she would “not be silenced”

A day after all 13 defendants in the trial for the disappearance of Marita Verón in 2002 were acquitted of all charges, Susana Trimarco – Verón’s mother- told reporters that President Cristina Fernández called her and said she “couldn't believe” the court's decision.

“I was surprised when Cristina called me last night and told me to meet with her to talk about this,” Trimarco said. “I love her, leaving politics aside, she has always supported me; she couldn’t believe what the judges decided”.

She added that US ambassador Vilma Martinez had contacted her to tell her “First Lady Michelle Obama wants to meet me and gave me her full support in this fight”.

The mother of the young woman -who was just 23 years old when she went missing- ensured that her quest for justice was “not over” and that she would “not be silenced.”

“What happened yesterday was a total disgrace, the decision is total and utter fraud,” Trimarco told reporters. “This just shows you the level of justice in Tucumán province,” she furthered.

Regarding the alleged absence of evidence presented in the trail she said “what else to you want: you have the testimony of all the girls that suffered the aberrations of these scoundrels”.

“The judges respond to the political establishment because they name them. The three are a bunch of crooks, but the same way the people put them there, the people will have them out”, anticipated Trimarco.

Trimarco’s search for her daughter has spanned for longer than ten years, leading her to be nominated for the next Nobel Peace Prize as well as receiving recognition by the president at the Human Right’s day event last Sunday.

Trimarco said she met with Tucuman Governor Jose Alperovich who was shocked with what happened in court and “I asked him for better training for the police so that they get out of their heads that all women are whores”.

“All the Tucuman brothels are working, and with police protection” Trimarco told Governor Alperovich.

José D’Antona, plaintiff attorney in the Marita Verón case, said the president of the court Alberto Piedrabuena, who acquitted all 13 defendants of all charges for the disappearance of the young woman, made a “totally weak, feeble and permissive” decision.

In statements to a television station, D’Antona assured that the court “allowed the subjugation of the victims.”

The comments come a day after a Tucumán province court concluded all suspects in the case be cleared of all charges in the case investigating Verón’s disappearance.

Marita Verón was kidnapped and allegedly forced into prostitution on April 3, 2002 and her mother has been searching for her ever since.

The reading of the sentence began after 9 pm, four hours later than originally expected. After alleged discussions between the judges Alberto Piedrabuena, Emilio Herrera Molina and Eduardo Romero Lascano, the court decided to clear the suspects of all charges.

The decision caused an outrage among family members, human rights organizations and victims of human trafficking, who began insulting the judges as soon as the reading of the ruling was finished.

Attorneys who worked alongside Verón’s mother, Susana Trimarco, called the ruling “an act of corruption”.

The trial began 11 months ago and more than a decade after Marita’s disappearance.

The case was seen as “emblematic”, since the prosecutor had requested a 25 years sentence for the main suspects Víctor Romero, María Jesús Rivero, Irma Lidia Medina, Gonzalo and José “Chenga” Gómez.

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1 Martin Woodhead (#) Dec 13th, 2012 - 09:08 am Report abuse
Thats appalling. Susana Trimaco is a hero.
Those judges are corrupt scum as are the police.
Argentina should be shining a light through every brothel rather than bothering about the falklands.
2 ptolemy (#) Dec 13th, 2012 - 11:03 am Report abuse
It's apalling that CFK is using this to further her own agenda now with “We are going to initiate a ”democratisation of the Judicial Power.“ We all know what that means: reform of the constitution to her favor. The details of the judges desicions are due today. CFK has not even waited to see them before launching her new campaign. There is no doubt there is corruption in Argentina but that ”shining light ” should be on CFK too. And if by chance these defendents are innocent there will be no justice for them now since CFK has deemed them virtually guilty. They have become pawns in her game as has (sadly enough) Susana Trimaco.
3 Ozgood (#) Dec 13th, 2012 - 11:07 am Report abuse
The evil that men do lives after them and the good is often interred with there bones - Julius Caesar (Shakespear)
4 Optimus_Princeps (#) Dec 13th, 2012 - 12:50 pm Report abuse
CFK never has pure motives for anything she does. Lucky for her this was very shortly after another Judiciary decision that wasn't to her liking. This is an excuse for her to start looking into dismantling the Judiciary and filling it with her creatures.

Have you heard of Candela? The case was poorly covered by foreign press sources. It was a girl that disappeared, and was found dismembered in a landfill. The autopsy report showed that she had been raped repeatedly for months. Her family was involved, though the effort to actually solve the case was less than meager.

Cristina kept her head down and didn't say so much as one word. She sees opportunity in this and she's going to take it. Otherwise, she would be ignoring it and spouting stupidities about something else.
5 Captain Poppy (#) Dec 13th, 2012 - 01:24 pm Report abuse
While I believe most politicians would politicize an opportunity like this, but more like for a photo opportunity. I agree with you that asslips sees this as her chance to dismantle the judiciary. Rather than investigate the processes, judges and go from there, I think they will try to bring the judiciary under government control. When the president controls:

media and press

There will be no more separation of government and a press to critique the president and government.....only one word comes to mind.......DICTATOR.
6 GFace (#) Dec 13th, 2012 - 04:21 pm Report abuse
Look as much as we are all shocked and disgusted with human trafficking, forced prostitution etc, if the prosecution (and who do THEY work for) can't make any of the charges stick then who's fault is it? Given the emotional charge of such cases, the possibility of judges being so corrupt as to acquit all without throwing even a inner ear bone of a sacrificial lamb to the wolves, however righteous they may be, is not likely. As @2 says, what are the details of the decision? Was there prosecutorial or police misconduct? Were they riding on outrage and emotion to the point where they didn't bother to forward the requisite of hard evidence? Judges have to be careful as to what precedents they let in to their courts since once they are in the books, they can stick until the sun goes cold unless otherwise overturned on appeal or otherwise superseded.
7 Think (#) Dec 13th, 2012 - 05:38 pm Report abuse
Six idiotic comments from six ignorant Anglo-Turnips.......
8 Simon68 (#) Dec 13th, 2012 - 05:50 pm Report abuse
7 Think (#)
Dec 13th, 2012 - 05:38 pm

“Six idiotic comments from six ignorant Anglo-Turnips.......”

Of which two are Argentine!!!!!

All six comments seem to be rather sensible, especially #6, which seems to sum up the situation extremely well!!!!!
9 Think (#) Dec 13th, 2012 - 06:01 pm Report abuse
Six Anglo Turnips and one “Por Algo Será” Argie.....
10 Captain Poppy (#) Dec 13th, 2012 - 07:31 pm Report abuse
Simon....think hates white people because they are white, just as their are white people that hatea latino's just because they are lation. think' and his name is the definition of oxymoron.
11 Ayayay (#) Dec 13th, 2012 - 09:15 pm Report abuse
Michelle Obama is a goddess, I hope her power alone will help women realize THEY are in control of themselves, not their circumstances, or some gov, culture, or gender.
12 British_Kirchnerist (#) Dec 22nd, 2012 - 11:01 pm Report abuse
Well done Cristina for getting involved in this, she's absolutely right to throw convention aside and take on the corrupt elements of the old state to do all that can be done to make sure no case like this, or indeed the Candela one mentioned above, can happen again. I think its a bit like what's happening in America about guns now, a critical mass has been reached and now is the time to do what really should have been done long ago. The (true) point that these judges are also often Cristina's political enemies is another red herring; if they were supporters, or neutral, rather than pro-oligarchic, then they wouldn't be so likely to be corrupt in the first place would they?

#11 You're going a bit far there, I wouldn't gush like that about anyone =)

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