As suspended prosecutor takes case to congressFriday, July 11, 2014
New threats in Campagnoli trial
Even though the impeachment trial against suspended prosecutor José María Campagnoli is paralyzed, threats against the members of the court are not ceasing.
The president of the impeachment tribunal, prosecutor Daniel Adler, was the one targeted on Wednesday by Twitter users, who published his address.
A Twitter messages read: “The money you received to damage Campagnoli will not be enough to get security for you and your family.”
Two weeks ago, Public Defender María Cristina Martínez Córdoba requested a leave of absence after receiving threats. Last week, she stepped down from the impeachment tribunal leading the proceeding to a dead-end. During the trial, prosecutor Adolfo Villate — who accuses Campagnoli of malfeasance and interfering with a colleague’s investigation — was also harassed.
Two weeks ago, the impeachment tribunal issued a press release rejecting the threats against those involved in the controversial case. In conversations with the Herald, sources from the tribunal tried to play down these new threats, though they explained that all the jurors were aware of them.
“We want to move forward. We are interested in defining Campagnoli’s situation,” they said.
The members of the impeachment tribunal are scheduled to meet on Thursday to decide who is going to replace Martínez Córdoba.
Meanwhile, Campagnoli and his defence team participated in a public hearing hosted by the Radical Party in Salón Azul of the Senate. The meeting was attended by opposition lawmakers, the most surprising of which was Néstor Pitrola of the Workers’ Leftist Front (FIT).
In addition, two members of the Magistrates Council — Alejandro Fargosi and Daniel Ostropolsky — were also in attendance in support of the embattled prosecutor.
Ricardo Gil Lavedra, a former UCR lawmaker and one of Campagnoli’s defence attorneys, said that despite the current paralysis, he expressed confidence the prosecutor would be reinstated. Gil Lavedra also criticized the lack of oversight of prosecutors.
Pitrola told the Herald that the accusations against Campagnoli “seek to establish guilt simply by accusation.” The leftist lawmaker justified his presence at the hearing on the grounds that it was a systemic problem, highlighting ongoing undue legal prosecution of social organizations.