Carlos Blaquier received another help from the Chamber of Cassation

The Federal Chamber of Criminal Cassation keep being him center of criticism for the delay in resolving the cause that involves the owner of Ledesma SAAI, Carlos Pedro Tadeo Blaquier, in crimes against humanity committed 45 years ago. The chambermaid Carlos Mahiques He refused to discuss the situation of the 93-year-old businessman during these two weeks of the fair. The Secretariat for Human Rights (SDH), led by Horacio Pietragalla Corti, demanded that the court reconsider its position and reminded him that the international responsibility of the Argentine State is compromised by these delays.

On July 8, the supreme Horacio Rosatti, Juan Carlos Maqueda and Elena Highton de Nolasco annulled a lack of merit that Chamber IV of the Cassation had issued in March 2015 to benefit Blaquier and to Alberto Lemos, the general administrator of the Ledesma mill for 1976. The Supreme Court in its ruling was very harsh with the judges of the Cassation who had favored Blaquier, Juan Carlos Gemignani, Eduardo Riggi and Gustavo Hornos, and accused them of having unduly obstructed the process.

Blaquier’s file arrived four days later back to the Comodoro Py courts, where the Federal Cassation has its headquarters. However, that court did not decide with the promptness that the Court demanded. On July 16, the chambermaid Javier Carbajo sent the subject to be discussed during the fair following the request of the complainants, as published PageI12.

However, Mahiques, who is the fair authority, refused to discuss the Blaquier issue during the winter break and returned it to Room IV. He argued that it was not appropriate to do so because the freedom of any of the accused is not at stake. It’s true: Blaquier and Lemos are at home. However, the SDH responded in a brief presented on Wednesday that the chambermaid had omitted that there were other assumptions to open the fair and resolve this file: the events were committed 45 years ago and the delays may lead to the responsibility of the Argentine State that has the obligation to guarantee truth and justice.

What the Cassation has to do is send the file to Jujuy so that Blaquier and Lemos are sent to trial. There is no need to do a careful analysis because you cannot deviate from what the Supreme Court ruled. This was raised last week by the prosecutor before the Cassation Javier De Luca. Along with the SDH, CHILDREN JujuyAs the complainant, he also demanded a prompt resolution of the Blaquier issue.

Blaquier and Lemos managed to avoid the trial on the nights of the Blackout, Unlike the other defendants who are currently sitting on the bench. Ledesma’s owner was prosecuted in 2012 for the judge Fernando Poviña. He is prosecuted for three kidnappings that occurred between March and April 1976 and a second prosecution for 26 kidnappings perpetrated between July 20 and 27, 1976 in what became known as las blackout nights. Blackouts are 45 years old these days. At that time, the kidnappers used Ledesma’s trucks to take dozens of people. In 2013, the Federal Chamber of Salta confirmed the prosecutions. However, Chamber IV of the Federal Chamber of Cassation got into the issue illegally, according to the Court, reversed the prosecutions and issued a lack of merit that served for Blaquier to evade justice.

These eight years of a completely stopped process are unrecoverable”, Maintains the SDH in the letter to which this newspaper accessed. “It only remains, from now on, for the Judiciary to take charge of its responsibility and make all possible efforts not to delay the present process one more day. The rejection of the complaint for cassation denied presented by the defendants, a resolution that in itself does not require greater complexity or study in view of the categorical nature of what was resolved by the Supreme Court, must be resolved immediately. The process does not allow any further delay”.


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