The leader of the Civic Coalition, Elisa Carrionaccused in a judicial statement the pre-candidate for governor of Santa Fe Maximilian Pullaro for not having denounced a police chief who worked under his orders and was convicted of drug trafficking. He said that Pullaro (who is a member of the opposition alliance and was the provincial Security Minister) “could not ignore the criminal activity of his subordinates”, that “not knowing he had the obligation to do so” and that “in any case there was an omission to report” which is a criminal offence.
The leader pointed against the pre-candidate, who competes internally against Carolina Losadain a statement of high political impact made in the federal courts of Santa Fe, in which he accused, in addition to the crime of concealment to all the senators (official and opposition) who voted to maintain the privileges of the legislator Armando Traferri (PJ), defendant in a clandestine gambling case that was initiated by a Los Monos crime. And he asked that the governor be summoned to testify as witnesses Omar Perotti (PJ), to the ex-governor Antonio Bonfatti (Socialist Party) and the judges of the Federal Court of Appeals of Rosario.
Carrió’s questions against Pullaro are not new, but now they take the form of criminal charges. There is little more than a month left for the elections in which the former Security Minister will face Losada – both of radical origin – in the internal opposition front United to Change Santa Fe. This week, the fight in that internal escalated to such a point that Losada said his rival was “a dark person” who financed “dirty campaigns” against him. They replied that he was acting “desperately” because the polls showed her ten points below Pullaro and that he was favoring Peronism.
Regarding Carrió’s complaint in the case of the police chief, those around Pullaro were surprised. Before the consultation of THE NATIONThey said that the then minister immediately made him available and that Pullaro, in his administration, dismissed 400 police officers for links to crime and was the minister who sent all the drug traffickers in the province to jail, including those from the gangs. Los Monos, Alvarado and Los Funes, among others.
Carrió, a pre-candidate for president, testified on April 18 at a court hearing that until now had been kept secret.. She was summoned by the federal prosecutor Walter Rodriguez, who opened a case after hearing her denounce, in a video uploaded to her social networks, drug trafficking links with politics, Justice and the police of the province. It was the video in which Carrió said that he could not participate in the “front of fronts” (which brings together leaders of Pro, the UCR and the Socialist Party) because among his potential allies there were many people linked to organized crime.
THE NATION He contacted prosecutor Rodríguez, who said that the case, which began as a preliminary investigation, is now in full process after a request for investigation made by him. The prosecutor, who has the delegated investigation, refused to give information about the course of the file. He only said that there were a lot of testing measures underway.
Carrió’s statement, which lasted hours, dealt with different issues: from the alleged impunity pact to protect Traferri until the reforms of the prison system which, according to her, enabled “criminal drug trafficking organizations to operate from prisons with absolute impunity.” Carrió also provided information on alleged drug trafficking routesincluding the Hidrovía, which had already been the subject of a previous complaint from her that gave rise to another case, which did not record any further progress, on smuggling and drug trafficking in customs and ports in the area.
One of the political leaders indicated by Carrió in her statement was Bonfatti, whom she publicly questioned many times. Now, in front of the prosecutor, she said that she should explain why she gave up on the investigation against Emmanuel Sandoval, alias Ema Pimpi, the man who participated in the shooting at Bonfatti’s house in 2013, was finally convicted of that act and was murdered six years later. Carrió requested the summons as a witness for the ex-governor.
Sandoval was killed by hitmen while he was serving house arrest for other crimes, installed in a house 600 meters away in the La Florida neighborhood that belonged to a Rosario judge.
As for Pullaro, Carrió’s accusation was for his relationship with Alejandro Druettaformer Rosario drug chief, sentenced to ten years in prison for drug trafficking, for supplying drugs to drug traffickers. Carrió said in his statement: “There is a police chief with the last name Druetta, who was convicted and reported hierarchically to the former Minister of Provincial Security Pullaro, who could not ignore the criminal activity of his subordinates or, not knowing, had the obligation to do so, and in all case there was an omission to report which is the duty of every public official as a crime typically provided for in the Penal Code. There are other people whose names it is not possible for me to cite in this act because I do not have direct proof of the fact because for that official and unofficial documentation from the federal prisons themselves and from the province of Santa Fe would be required.
A central part of Carrió’s statement before prosecutor Rodríguez was dedicated to the Traferri case. Not only accused the senators who did not accompany the impeachment request in December 2020, but also requested that the provincial legislation that grants legislators from Santa Fe be declared unconstitutional, an issue that is already being studied by the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation. In Santa Fe, the privileges of the legislators prevent the investigations against them from advancing (at the national level, on the other hand, they have immunity from arrest but nothing prevents them from being summoned to an investigation and the files from advancing).
Regarding the prison issue, he accompanied a report on the Federal Penitentiary Service which, Carrió said, “demonstrates that the intelligence system has been disarmed” with the closure of the area that was designed to prevent drug-criminal organizations and asked to investigate the handling of the Cell phones in the possession of detainees.
“At the federal prison level, the use of cell phones is prohibited. This situation was suspended due to the pandemic. Once the pandemic ended, no action was taken to return to the previous state of control, and there is no cell phone registry, for example, in the province of Buenos Aires, so that anyone can use any cell phone, with searches being every seven days.” said Carrió. “The situation expressly enabled criminal drug trafficking organizations to operate freely from prisons with absolute impunity,” he said, adding: “The same thing happens in the province of Santa Fe in provincial prisons that have federal prisoners by agreement . So it is the National State itself that facilitates the operation of criminal organizations, which causes the imputation for the violation of the duties of a public official, at least of the aforementioned official”. The official to whom Carrió had alluded is María Laura Garrigós de Rébori, comptroller of the Federal Penitentiary Service.
Carrió also denounced the non-existence of radars to control the airspace of Santa Fe. That is why he proposed that the officials of the provincial Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches should be summoned to testify, and especially, the members of the Federal Court of Appeals of Rosario, so that they Report if they ever asked to put up radars, as the Federal Chamber of Salta did, he said.
In addition, he promptly requested that the ex-governors and Perotti be summoned to report if they ever requested radars and, if they say that they did, to demonstrate it in documented form. Carrió said that “their omission of him could make them commit the crime of violation of the duties of a public official.”
According to what Carrió said in court, what explains the advance of drug trafficking is that “20 years ago Santa Fe was declared a liberated zone.”
The leader of the CC also requested that the officials of the provincial commission that granted an alleged “free zone in Constitución, on the border with the province of Buenos Aires” be investigated for “the crimes of breach of the duties of a public official”. to a business group made up of “[Guillermo Ignacio] misiano and [José Lucas] Garcerain”, “related to the Minister of National Security, Aníbal Fernández”.