Juana Rivas has entered the Matilde Cantos Social Insertion Center in Granada to serve the final sentence of two and a half years in prison for not having delivered her children to the father in the summer of 2017, as reported this Friday by her lawyer, Carlos Aránguez. The lawyer has already advanced that this neighbor from Maracena (Granada) was not going to “evade” the admission to prison decreed by Criminal Court 1, although he again accused this body of not “attending to any of the arguments” that he had received. communicated as a party, among others, the appeals and reform appeals that he has filed against his imprisonment.
Last May, Judge Manuel Piñar, head of Criminal Court number 1 of Granada, who in July 2018 sentenced Juana Rivas to five years in prison for two crimes of child abduction, ordered the arrest and admission to prison of the woman. The original sentence, however, was reduced to two and a half years in prison by the Supreme Court on April 26. A few days after the judgment of the Supreme Court, Rivas’s lawyer presented the petition for clemency before the Government because he understood, as he explained in a statement at the time, that all the requirements were met for him to be granted that measure of grace.
The last phase of Juana Rivas case It began in the summer of 2017, although the judicial problems began in 2009, when Francesco Arcuri, her husband, was sentenced in Spain for a crime of gender violence to three months in prison and removal of 200 meters from Juana Rivas for 15 months . Since then, according to Arcuri’s lawyer, Rivas has filed three more complaints for gender violence in Spain, none of which has resulted in any other convictions for Arcuri. After the 2009 conviction, the couple separated for a few years until in 2013 they met again and the second of their children was born. The family lived in Italy until, in May 2016, Rivas returned to Spain with their children. She again denounced Arcuri for gender violence and did not return her children, which led to numerous complaints from him against her. On July 26, 2017, Rivas had to deliver by court order his children, two boys who are now 15 and 8 years old. This was the third time that a court had asked Rivas to give them to the father, in a car that ordered the forces of order to make sure that she delivered them. The mother disappeared with them until, a month later, he voluntarily returned them to the father at a police station. All this was valued by Judge Piñar as two crimes of child abduction that the Supreme Court later reduced to one, understanding that what happened was actually a single crime against the father’s right to have his children.
The children and the father have lived in Carloforte (Sardinia, Italy) since September 2017. Guard and custody rests with Arcuri by ruling of an Italian court that established a visitation regime that has allowed the children to travel to Spain to spend their holidays Summer and Christmas with his mother and also visiting her children in Italy. These visits were in the first months marked by different complaints from the mother against the father for alleged abuse of children, around 15, according to Arcuri’s lawyer. The Italian courts did not address any of them by not giving them credibility.