In a September 2019 ruling, Chamber I of the Rosario Appeals Chamber partially reversed the first instance ruling that he had acquitted all the accused, nine in total between civilians and police, for the disappearance of Paula Perassi, and decided to sentence the businessman Strumia and his wife Roxana Michl to 17 and 6 and a half years in prison, respectively, for the disappearance of the sanlorencina woman.
In a divided ruling, the appeal court considered the businessman as “criminally responsible for the crime of unlawful deprivation of coercive liberty aggravated by the victim being a pregnant woman.”
In turn, Michl was sentenced to 6 and a half years in prison as a “criminally responsible secondary participant” in the same crime that was attributed to her husband. That resolution was appealed by the defenders of the accused who now …
The main hypothesis that both the Prosecutor’s Office and the complaint held is that Paula was the victim of “a disappearing plan” orchestrated by the accused. In this sense, Strumia, the victim’s lover, is positioned as the one who convinces her to leave her home on September 18, 2011, when she was seen alive for the last time.
Then, always in accordance with the idea of the case raised by the Prosecutor’s Office, Paula was taken against her will in a car by Strumia and a secretary to the town of Timúes, where they performed a clandestine abortion, circumstances in which she died. The death, at that time 33 years, was in a three-month pregnancy as a result of the extramarital affair with Strumia. Until now, Paula’s body could never be found.