The Buenos Aires justice raised to oral trial the case in which the former senator and governor of Tucumán, José Alperovich, is accused of sexual abuse against his niece, a young woman who worked as his assistant and who in 2019 he denounced it for different events that, according to the file, would have occurred in Tucumán and in a department of Puerto Madero.
With his decision, the National Criminal and Correctional Court No. 35 of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires closed yesterday the investigation, in which the investigation was carried out by the National Criminal and Correctional Prosecutor’s Office No. 10 of the Federal Capital, temporarily in charge of Santiago Vismaraand the Specialized Fiscal Unit for Violence against Women (UFEM), in charge of Mariela Labozzetta.
The elevation to oral trial -something that the Public Prosecutor’s Office required in June of this year- came after the National Criminal and Correctional Appeals Chamber rejected proposals made by the defense to avoid the closure of the investigation.
In the draw, the cause fell on the Oral Criminal and Correctional Court No. 29so in the discussion The trial prosecutor Sandro Abraldes will intervene.
“Sexual violence, intimidation, abuse of power and authority”
In May of this year, the Public Prosecutor’s Office detailed in the request for an oral trial that Alperovich had to answer for three acts of “sexual abuse -two of them committed in an attempt- and six incidents of sexual violence aggravated for having been with carnal access”.
According to the indictment, “in all cases” Alperovich resorted to “intimidation, abuse of a relationship of dependency, power and authority”.
The complaint was filed in 2019, by a young woman, niece and assistant of the accused, who was a senator at the time. The woman declared that the events occurred in Tucumán and in a department of Puerto Madero. In addition, the complainant stated the psychological pressure exerted by Alperovich and the power he held over her, which instilled fear in her and the impossibility of overcoming that situation.
In december 2020, prosecutors Santiago Vismara, from the Criminal and Correctional Prosecutor’s Office 10 of the Federal Capital, and Mariela Labozzetta, from Ufem, filed a request for an investigation. In december 2021 they reiterated it, on the occasion of having expanded the accusation. In March of this yearthey again requested that he be summoned.
Initially, the case was processed in the criminal and correctional jurisdiction of the City of Buenos Aires and in the Tucuman Justice, because the complaint had been filed in both jurisdictions. However, in May 2021 the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation decided that all the facts should be investigated by the National Criminal and Correctional Court 35 of the City of Buenos Aires, in line with what had been ruled by the interim Attorney General, Eduardo Casal.
In December 2021, Vismara and Labozzetta, based on the elements and evidence collected, expanded the accusation against the accused and required that he be called for investigation for six other events that allegedly took place during 2018 in Tucumán.
Alperovich was summoned for investigation only in March of this year.