They dropped the Pata Medina extortion case and asked Judge Luis Armela to investigate.

They dropped the Pata Medina extortion case and asked Judge Luis Armela to investigate.

It was decided by the court that he was to be tried, based on a controversial meeting of businessmen, officials and AFI agents in Banco province; He also warned that previous illegal intelligence had been carried out

Juan Pablo "Pata" Medina at his home in Punta Lara after his release
Juan Pablo “Pata” Medina at his home in Punta Lara after his release

A federal oral court that convicted a Uocra platense extortionist for extortion Juan Pablo “Pata” Medina decided to acquit him, a relief which was extended to nine other accused and ordered federal judge Luis Armela of Quilmes to investigatewho investigated the case.

The judge Alexander Emorys, Federal Oral Court No. 2 La Plata declared everything void. He considered it confirmed that there were illegal intelligence missions on Pata Medina and his family, and that based on this, an anonymous complaint was filed in Armela’s court, which was fed by the statements of the businessmen, agreed at a meeting held at the headquarters of Banco Provincia. City of Buenos Aires, between Maria Eugenia Vidal government officials and Cambiemos AFI representatives. The judge said that the evidence was tainted and invalid and that it ruined the whole case. Medina is free.

This decision was made after a complaint by the lawyers of the trade union. Alejandro Roberto Montone and Juan Angel Di NardoBased on a meeting between businessmen at the headquarters of Banco Provincia in the city of Buenos Aires. Vidal and AFI agents, in which they were subpoenaed to gather evidence against the union. This is the meeting in which the then provincial labor minister, Marcelo Villegas, said he wanted to “have a Gestapo” to “end all unions”.

In this meeting, on June 15, 2017, two officials from Buenos Aires, Villegas and then Deputy Secretary of Justice, Adrian Grass; Mayor of La Plata Julius Garo; Cambiemos Provincial Senator John Paul Allen, and former directors of AFI Sebastian De Stefano, Dario Biorchi i Diego Dalmau Pereira. Officials in attendance charged by federal judge for participating in BAPRO meeting Ernest Kreplak, from La Plata. The case is on appeal to the Federal Chamber of that jurisdiction. The lack of merit of Roberto Gigante, the former Minister of Planning of Buenos Aires, and the businessmen participating in the meeting was also identified.

Medina’s lawyers said that this meeting is clearly visible in the footage Illegality of the evidence that led to the investigation and that they were the basis for search and seizure warrants in addition to the issuance of an indictment for preventive detention.

Judge’s decision to annul everything Esmorris, took advantage of Medina, Christian Isidoro Jesus Medina, David Emiliano Garcia, Juan Horacio Homs, Liliana Beatriz Frontani, Maria Fabiola Garcia, Lara Michaela Muñoz, Pablo Nicolas Neves, Marianella Luian Pagon and Ruben Dario Roldan.

The judge also decided to send a copy of his ruling to the Judicial Council to investigate Federal Judge Armela.

Esmoris said it is not worth holding an oral hearing when there is already a “known lack of impartiality in the work of the magistrate who assigned the present case. [por Armella]and said that it was “unnecessary to hold an oral and public trial when the rights of the accused have been so affected.”

In the decree declaring the case invalid, it is noted that there was “forum shopping”; That is, it was decided to bring the case to Armela’s court, and he notes that after the meeting in Banco province, the businessmen made presentations criticizing Medina’s extortion and that evidence was required after the Quilmes trial. Agreement in advance agreement.

Banco Provincia meeting where, according to Judge Esmoris, it was agreed how the evidence against Juan Pablo Medina would be produced.
Banco Provincia meeting where, according to Judge Esmoris, it was agreed how the evidence against Juan Pablo Medina would be produced.

The first event related to the case was a meeting that took place on May 4, 2017, at the Casa Rosada, the judge said, attended by representatives of the national government and then-minister Villegas. “This meeting will be the beginning of the process against Juan Pablo Medina,” as Villegas himself admitted. The journalist disclosed the details of this meeting Hugo Alconada Or.

The next day, according to the judge’s ruling, Villegas met with Senator Juan Pablo Alan, the provincial chief of staff, Federico Salvai; with the then Minister of Security Christian Ritondo; with the representative of infrastructure and the former Minister of Justice of Buenos Aires, Gustavo Ferrari. This can be seen in Villegas’ agenda and Alan’s personal notebook.

same day, Federal Intelligence Agency (AFI) Made the first inquiries regarding Medina and Maria Fabiola Garcia in migration. After the meeting, the AFI began to produce reports – according to Judge Esmoris, illegal – about Medina and his family, in particular about the truck connected to them, which belonged to the company Abril Catering SA. An anonymous complaint against the company allowed a trade unionist to get involved.

In between, Villegas spoke with the then-deputy director of the AFI, Silvia Majadalan, and there were meetings between Buenos Aires officials on the Wokra issue. Esmoris also reports that there were then two communications between De Stefano, AFI Legal and Judge Armella.

A few days before the BAPRO meeting, there was communication between officials in Buenos Aires, Majdalan and some of the participants in that meeting. That’s how they reached that meeting, secretly filmed it. Later, the businessmen made written notes against Medina, accusing him of extortion.

At the same time, an anonymous telephone complaint was filed against Juan Pablo and Christian Medina on the fact of drug money laundering. And in late June, 15 days after the Bapro meeting, Armela filed another anonymous lawsuit against Abril Catering and its ties to Medina.

The prosecution tried to argue that they were incompetent, but the judge objected, going ahead and conducting test events, supplemented by the testimony of Bapro businessmen. During this period, from June to August, calls and meetings between Villegas and AFI agents and authorities and with Armela were recorded. According to the judge, during those crucial days, Villegas’ cell phone even hit the antenna in Quilmes. Armela’s case was joined by three other files handled in provincial court against Medina.

“Another striking aspect is the meeting on September 20 between the then Minister of Labor Villegas and Alan with the prosecutor of the UFI 11 of La Plata, Dr. Alvaro Garganta, recorded in the family’s notebook, and five days later, the aforementioned fiscal agent requested the arrest of Juan Pablo Medina and his entourage” , – said Esmoris.

On September 25, Armela ordered the arrest of Medina. A day later, he spoke to Villega again and did the same the day after the trials, on preventive detention. After that, they “significantly reduced communication with the magistrate.”

Cambiemos sources announced this who claim that this decision will abolish the Chamber. Ritondo expected that he would demand a political trial of Esmorris.

Source: La Nacion