The convictions of a businessman and his wife for the disappearance of a woman confirm

Paula Perassi

A court in Rosario confirmed the convictions against a businessman and his wife for the disappearance of Paula Perassi, The 34-year-old woman who was seen for the last time in 2011 in the Santa Fe city of San Lorenzo and whose body was never found.

It’s about the entrepreneur Gabriel Strumia, who had received 17 years in prison, and from his wife, Roxana Michl, sentenced to 6 and a half years in an oral trial that both faced in 2019.

The court composed of José Luis Mascali, Bibiana Alonso and Gabriela Sansó ratified Strumia’s sentence as the author of the crime of “Illegitimate deprivation of coercive freedom aggravated by treating the victim of a pregnant woman.” Meanwhile, the chambermaids considered the woman as “secondary participant” of the same crime.

At the same time, the court ordered “to grant the request for preventive detention of both defendants requested by the prosecution and the complaint, for having been sentenced to high penalties and effective imprisonment.”

The Court introduced the gender perspective in its review of the case, based on the conventional order of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for the full validity of the Convention of Belém do Pará, which determines that “it is necessary to reinforce the internal mechanisms of police control, of the exercise of punitive prevention and therefore the reading of what is a procedural terminology is made more flexible “.

Furthermore, the President of the Court, Bibiana Alonso, stated that “The pattern of procedural dangerousness is reinforced because it is a case of crime without a body, directly related to the involuntary disappearance of a person; This is what the Inter-American Court of Human Rights calls it, which understands that every time it happens in a context of leaving no trace, the crime continues to be committed until the appearance of the person or the discovery of their skeletal remains. “

“In this context, perhaps there are traces to be found to satisfy the victim’s right to the truth “, Alonso finished.

For her part, the prosecutor, María Eugenia Iribarren, considered that the new ruling “understood how this case should be analyzed, with a gender perspective, and since it is a crime without a body, the evidence should be analyzed in another way, much more rigorous and global”.

In that sense, he said: “A crime without a body implies that the perpetrators took all precautions to eliminate vestiges of their crime and that this impede their investigation, that is why we maintain that it could not be done in solitude and should have had other coverage that would help them that leads us to think about a state coverage “.

“We maintain that, Alone, this case could not have reached the point where we continue to this day without the body of Paula Perassi. Strumia and his wife could not have acted alone “, remarked.

Alicia and Alberto Perassi were not satisfied with the new ruling and want to know what happened to their daughter
Alicia and Alberto Perassi were not satisfied with the new ruling and want to know what happened to their daughter Source: Archive

After hearing the Court’s decision, Paula’s father, Alberto Perassi, said through tears: “I feel that justice was served, but late, and it was not what we wanted, because we are leaving empty-handed, without Paula’s body.”

The Court was not wrong, these people have to be imprisoned, but a large part of the other people involved are missing, two people did not do this alone

Alberto Perassi

Along these lines, he argued that “The pact of silence was not broken. This is part of the black tunnel in San Lorenzo.”

“I am going to continue fighting until I find Paula’s bones. Maybe I will find death first, but until then I am going to continue with the entire society of San Lorenzo and the people who support us,” he concluded.

Paula Perassi was 34 years old when She was seen for the last time, on September 18, 2011, after leaving her home in the Santa Fe town of San Lorenzo after receiving a phone call.

The woman lived with her husband and two children and, according to the investigation, She had an extramarital relationship with the businessman from that same city, Gabriel Strumia.

The theory of the prosecution’s case is that the woman became pregnant and was forced by her lover and his wife, Roxana Michl, to have an abortion, a practice in which she would have died.

During several weeks of 2019, the trial was held in the Rosario Criminal Justice Center for this case, which ended with the acquittal of the nine accused due to possible lack of evidence, including four civilians and five policemen.

Later, the Criminal Chamber found Strumia and his wife guilty, a decision that was now upheld at the end of the sentencing review trial.

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