Cecilia Basaldúa she was a 35-year-old who loved to travel. On April 5, she was in Capilla del Monte, Córdoba, as a backpacker when she disappeared. Weeks later, her body was found with signs of sexual abuse and violence. Two years later, her name still doesn’t get justice.
On May 2, the trial begins against Lucas Bustos, a worker who was accused of femicide, but the Basaldúa family assured TN that “the skinny He’s a scapegoat.” that conceals “something thick behind.
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“The anniversary is accompanied by the trial, so it is stronger. We are quite mobilized and fighting as usual. Each one processes it in their own way, it is not easy, ”said Soledad, her sister.
The trial will have several days (from May 2 to 6 and 12 and 13 of the same month) and they assure that it could last longer. Furthermore, it was recently discovered the change of camerawhich went from Cosquín to Villa Dolores, at the request of Bustos’s lawyer and with it, change of prosecutor and judges.
Daniel, his father, remarked: “We are going to put everything within our reach to explain everything that happened if they let us. We have to see if they let us. must also see what position does the new prosecutor take during the trial.”
What happens to the accused and why the family believes he is a scapegoat
For the inspector Paula Kelm, the culprit of Cecilia’s crime was Lucas Bustosa young man who rented horses in the area where the body was found, and immediately ruled out other possible suspects.
Mario Mainardi, the owner of the house where Cecilia was staying was the last person to see her alive. He even had the young woman’s cell phone and computer. However, Kelm did not investigate it.
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The prosecutor’s theory was that Lucas and Cecilia had contacted each other through Facebook, that they knew each other at the time of the meeting. His sister denied that hypothesissince you have access to the social network and verified that they had never spoken before, nor had they added. “And if you believe that it was so, you should be in the case as evidence and it’s not there, there’s nothing”Soledad analyzed.
In this sense, the Basaldúas do not believe that it was Bustos and they suggest that the prosecutor seeks to cover up someone else because the only evidence that was used against him is a confession made through “illegal coercion” and torture by the police.
“We cannot think that it was him,” said Soledad and Daniel, her father, added: “The skinny guy is a scapegoat. we don’t defend itbut we did charge Mainardi and the police officers who were at the party.”
“When my daughter’s body appears, the prosecutor stated that she defended herself and that she had been attacked by two or three people. If she thought there were two or three, how convinced was this guy (busts)?”, questioned Susana, the mother, and said that there was a great dexter by the prosecution towards them.
The party audio that was ignored
In the reconstruction of the events, it had not been taken into account that on Saturday the 4th, before Cecilia disappeared, there was a party at Mainardi’s house where the victim went.
But in the middle of the investigation, a audio which had been recorded supposedly after that meeting and mentioned specific names and surnames. Soledad indicated: “A serious audio appeared and nothing happened with that, it was not investigated. The prosecutor assured that everyone behaved well at the party.
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Daniel maintained: “Kelm called me when the audio appeared because he was very worried and tried to justify what he said at all times. The audio compromised even her, because it said that she was with Mainardi. her voice said ‘Do what you want for me, the prosecutor is with us’”.
The irregularities and contradictions of Kelm continue to outrage the family, which claims that the devices have not been traced to determine if it was a clue that would close the case. “There is something behind, something gross must be. We don’t know what, but why they didn’t investigate properly, “said the mother.
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With all the strength and eyes set to face the trial, Daniel remembers Cecilia, the eldest of his children: “She was an angel, she had no evil at all. All I wanted was to travel.”
One of the things that the young backpacker promoted was that “people don’t be afraid to travel” and what hurts his parents the most is that “they have clipped his wings like that”.