Following sit-ins that led to lootings last monthWednesday, January 8, 2014
Eight Tucumán police officers are remanded in custody
Eight Tucumán police officers will remain in custody on sedition charges following last month’s sit-ins that were part of a demand for wage hikes, which led to massive episodes of looting throughout the province.
Judge Víctor Rougés ordered the preventitive detention of the provincial security officers after a request made by prosecutors Adriana Gianonni and Washington Navarro Dávila, who are carrying out the investigation.
Officers Diego Alberto Herrera, Miguel Ángel Toledo, Ángel René Chaile, Pablo Pedro Pérez, Sergio Omar Hogas, Federico Antonio Castro, Eugenio Alejandro Mamaní were transferred to Unit 6 of the Villa Urquiza prison in Tucumán province.
The last officer, Flavia María Belén Bedmar, will remain in custody in the local police academy.
According to the investigators, there are “photographs, testimonies and documents” proving the participation of the accused in an alleged attempt to “take up arms against the provincial government” led by Governor José Alperovich in order to have their demands met.
Herrera, Toledo, Chaile and Pérez had been exonerated from the force and headed these so-called “wage protests” in which they included, as a condition, to be reinstated in their posts.
It was expected at press time that judge Rougués would also clarify the legal situation of over 90 people who were arrested for allegedly taking part in store lootings in early December.
La Pampa approves raise Also yesterday, La Pampa province Governor Oscar Jorge signed a decree establishing a raise for local police officers, who days before the end of last year staged a protest demanding salary increases.
With the decision, the provincial leader put himself at odds with the national government’s position, ruling out backtracking on the promised raises, as took place in other provinces such as Entre Ríos.
The government made its decision known as officers were calling for new protests for Saturday, one month after the initial sit-ins.
Decree 1132 says the raises shall become effective in back-payments from December 1, 2013.
“An analysis made by the provincial government regarding the payment structure of its police forces (concluded) the need to revise” the current wage scale, the governor said.
In this context, the supplement for “exclusive dedication” of additional services offered by police officers was raised from 500 to 2,000 pesos.
Although the federal courts had initiated an investigation into an alleged sedition plot, the provincial government sealed an agreement with police officers to notsanction the leaders of the protest.
On Monday, acting Chaco Governor Juan Carlos Bacileff Ivanoff confirmed he had backpedaled from the increases granted to provincial police forces who negotiated last month amid looting and vandalism.
Instead, the governor passed a new agreement that differs from the one originally agreed upon.
Herald staff with DyN