Monday, May 29, 2023

Lucas Gonzalez case: D’Alessandro assured that the police “acted without identifying themselves and in a completely irregular manner”

Former Buenos Aires Security Minister Marcelo D’Alessandro testified before the Oral Criminal Court 25 that the policemen who were members of the brigade that prosecuted young Lucas González for the crime acted in a completely irregular manner.

D’Alessandro, who was a minister at the time of the incidents, explained that it was not common for the police brigade to converge in a private vehicle with no license plate. That day, the brigade composed of Gabriel Isassi, Fabián López and Juan José Nieva stopped the vehicle in which Lucas was traveling with three friends, reasoning that they considered him suspicious and in the midst of surveillance operations that they were carrying out. Activities were carried out for drug trafficking in Baracas.

Lucas had left training at the Barakas club some time ago with three friends and they were getting into a car. They were stopped and now shot by the accused policemen, and the 17-year-old boy sitting on the passenger seat died of two bullet injuries.

In his statement, D’Alessandro said that he contributed in terms of the mobility data of the vehicle in which the brigade was traveling and that is provided by the geolocation system he had. Furthermore, based on security cameras, he explained that it was clear that the car had just been able to stop Lucas and his friends before.

Gregorio Dalbon, the prosecuting attorney representing Lucas’s family, asked him if it was normal for an unidentified police vehicle to be operating without a license plate: “No,” replied D’Alessandro.

The former minister criticized the three policemen accused of murder, saying they never identified themselves as members of the said security force when they stopped the vehicle in which Lucas was traveling.

He also criticized that the police officers intervened without a prior court order beyond the reasonable doubt that the defendants said they had about the vehicle.

Initially, the now accused officers tried to state that there had been an armed confrontation between them and the boys, but it was later revealed that this version was false. As part of a plan to justify their actions, the soldiers planted firearms inside the vehicle in which the boys were traveling.

The trial is in the final instance of the testimony and argument phase of the complaint expected for June, with the prosecution of Aldo de la Fuente and 14 defense. Then a date has to be fixed, a decision.

According to the crimes for which the prosecution alleges and complains, it is expected that they will lead to life imprisonment for the three police officers accused of murder and 25 years imprisonment for the remaining officers, concealment, intimidation and illegal request for deprivation of liberty. Of the three friends who were with Lucas that day.

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