In the case of Vialidad, the defense claims: “The accusation of the prosecutor’s office was groundless and contradictory.”

In the case of Vialidad, the defense claims: “The accusation of the prosecutor’s office was groundless and contradictory.”

In the case of Vialidad, the defense claims: “The accusation of the prosecutor’s office was groundless and contradictory.”

It was the turn of the lawyer of Mauricio Collareda, who is sentenced to six years in prison for fraudulent administration; For Luciani and Mola, it was the main link for Lázaro Baez

The indictment by Luis Alberto Martinez, the lawyer for former Santa Cruz road chief Mauricio Collareda, who sought a six-year prison sentence.
The indictment by Luis Alberto Martinez, the lawyer for former Santa Cruz road chief Mauricio Collareda, who sought a six-year prison sentence.

The trial resumed today. Road casewho has among the accused Christina Kirchner, with a motion for a new defense. Today it was the lawyer’s turn Luis Alonso Martinezwhich he exhibited for almost three hours in the role of his defender Mauricio CollaredaFormer head of the General Administration of Roads of the Province of Santa Cruz in 2008-2015. Prosecutors Diego Lucian and Sergio Mola requested a six-year prison sentence for Collareda for the crime of fraudulent administration. Believing him to be a key link in an alleged chain of public works malfeasance favoring a Kirchnerist businessman Lazarus Baez.

“My client did not have an appropriate intervention in the events. The accusation is groundless and contradictory. He had no relationship with Lazaro Bae and did not work for any of his companies. There is brutality,” Martinez said of Collareda early in the argument. He added: “The 23rd Precinct [Santa Cruz] It did not have the resources or enough inspectors to exercise control.” He always tried to show that Collareda did not manage money from public works and that he did not implement the bidding process.

“The 23rd District had very limited oversight authority, but was not involved in awarding bids. This situation was the same as in the rest of the country according to the 2013 report. Collareda performed the duties of his job in the conditions in which these duties are regulated. And his behavior was right. According to the 2016 audit, under the administration of Iguacel, it is detailed that no tasks have been completed. Collareda did not make the decisions for which the public works were supposed to be directed,” Martínez asserts. And he added: “The situation of Colareda should be the situation of other witnesses. He was limited to the performance of his duties and did not intend to benefit from any company.”

Mauricio Collareda, former Santa Cruz Roads Superintendent from 2008-2015.
Mauricio Collareda, former Santa Cruz Roads Superintendent from 2008-2015.

According to the charge presented by the prosecutor Lucian, From Viallidad, Collareda intervened in the contracting and execution of many jobs held by Lázaro Baez’s companies and others in which Viallidad was a client. “Things have changed, they have managed to cause the worst crisis in history. In all the legally inadmissible or insufficiently accredited cases, the 36-month period increased to 102, the cost of the work increased to more than 319 million pesos, the contract increased by more than 100%, and yet the work was abandoned. These officials intervened here,” Lucian said of Collareda. He is accused of co-authoring the crime of fraudulent administration aggravated to the detriment of public administration.

A new day of accusations in the Vialidade case
A new day of accusations in the Vialidade case

Martinez questioned prosecutors and said the charges against his client are “nonsense.” At the closing of his exhibition, RsHe strengthened his arguments to make it clear that Collareda was not managing the money or taking proposals. “I had no custody or administration of the funds that were allegedly ill-spent. His intervention was accidental. The maneuver brought no economic gain or job promotion or in the state. He did not have any personal benefit,” said the lawyer, who also demanded that if his client is found guilty, the jail term should be “conditional” and the “confiscation requirement” should not be considered.

In 2016, displaced from Vialidad Santa Cruz, Collareda continued to work in the province’s public works sector as a technical advisor to a company that went into business after the collapse of Austral Construcciones.

Martínez mentioned the alleged connections between Collareda and Lázaro Baez. “The prosecutor’s office responded to the demonstrations of Iguacel, who said he was close to Baez. Collareda denied that this is true, but prosecutors are trying to put together this connection by saying that he worked for Palma SA between 2000 and 2003 and that this company belonged to a relative of Baez, “he explained, showing the resume. his client. He added: “It has not been proven that Lázaro Baez influenced his appointment. There is no friendship or business relationship. Collareda did not intervene in any tender process“.

After Martinez’s statement, next Friday at 8:30, the defense Raul Daruich, for which the prosecutor’s office demanded five years of imprisonment. Every lawyer has Three hearings of the plea, but it’s likely they could only take a day each and finish this week. Then they will ask for it Maximiliano Rusconi and Gabriel PalmeiroDefenders of the former Minister of Planning July de vido, who is accused of being one of the organizers of an illegal association, with a request for 10 years of imprisonment and lifelong disqualification from holding public office. Protection Christina Kirchner He is the sixth to present his argument.

Source: La Nacion

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