The La Plata Court of Appeals confirmed this Tuesday the preventive detention for Claudio and Facundo Albini, alleged bosses of Julio “Chocolate” Rigau. They are accused of being part of an illicit association that collects money from the State through ghost employees of the Buenos Aires Legislature.
The judges of Chamber III rejected the appeal presented in December by the Albinis' lawyers, where they questioned the decision of the prosecutor Betina Lacki and the Court of Guarantees No. 1 for requesting that their clients be detained until the trial for consider that there are procedural risks.
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For the defense, “there is no evidence that directly links” the accused with Chocolate Rigau and they assure that “there is no evidence of complicity” between the PJ leader and the former officials, who have been detained since November 23. “The coercive measure is inappropriate,” they expressed in the appeal to which TN accessed.
Despite their position, chambermaids Ernesto Julián Ferreira, Miriam Patricia Ermili and Fernando Mateos rejected the appeal and endorsed the preventive measures. Meanwhile, they ratified the serious accusations against them. The Albinis are being investigated for the crime of “repeated illicit association and fraud to the detriment of the public administration,” in at least 136 incidents.
Chocolate Case: they investigate the link between Rigau and the Albinis with the Estudiantes de La Plata gang. (Photo: La Nación / FB @FacuAlbini)
It is worth remembering that of the more than 30 ghost employees of the Chamber of Deputies who were imprisoned, 15 were released by Justice. Meanwhile, they are investigating 402 names belonging to the payroll of a key office in which Claudio Albini was deputy director of Personnel in the Legislature.
In that sense, the prosecutor of the UFI No. 2 of La Plata requested the complete list of the affected personnel from the Administrative Secretariat of that Chamber, both permanent staff and temporary staff, including the personnel of all the directorates that depend thereon. , according to the organizational chart of that legislative body from January 1, 2021 to the present.”
Who is the latest detainee in the “Chocolate” Rigau case?
At the end of January, Security Minister Patricia Bullrich reported through her social networks a new arrest in the case investigating “Chocolate” Rigau and others involved in the corruption scandal.
The arrest took place through the Secure Tribune system, which made it possible to identify Raúl Horacio Boragina, one of the holders of the plastics that the PJ pointer used to withdraw money.
Security Minister Patricia Bullrich used her social networks to report on the arrest of a fugitive in the Chocolate Rigau case. (Photo: @PatoBullrich)
The suspect had an arrest warrant in force since November of last year, according to the publication made by the Minister of Security in a post she made on the social network X.
Boragina was identified among the supporters who attended the match between Estudiantes and Belgrano in La Plata. After being captured by the police, he was brought to justice.