Máximo Thomsen’s mother (in white) with the mother and father (a few meters ahead) of Enzo Comelli (Photos: Ezequiel Acuña)
This Wednesday, minutes before 5:00 p.m., the relatives of the eight accused of beating Fernando Báez Sosa to death visited the Dolores prison, where his sons are detained and awaiting the verdict that will conclude the trial against him that took place in Oral Criminal Court No. 1.
In silence and without making statements to the press, the first to arrive at the prison were the parents of Lucas Pertossi and Ayrton Viollaz, Marcos Pertossi and Sergio Viollaz, and the mother of Matías Benicelli, Mónica Ester Zárate. As it happens from the first time: they brought bags with food and several jerry cans of mineral water.
Later, Blas Cinalli’s sister and mother, María Paula Cinalli, and Máximo Thomsen’s mother, Rosalía Zárate, joined. The latter, as she declared at the trial, is a cancer patient and is undergoing treatment. By 5:00 p.m., the relatives of all the defendants had already entered Unit No. 6 of Dolores.
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To date, Máximo Thomsen, Enzo Comelli, Matías Benicelli, Ayrton Viollaz, Blas Cinalli, Luciano, Lucas and Ciro Pertossi have been in the Dolores prison for exactly one month, where they arrived on Sunday, January 1 at 10 a.m. in a transfer from Warden No. 3 of Melchor Romero, La Plata.
Blas Cinalli’s sister and mother, María Paula CinalliMauro Pertossi, the father of Ciro and Luciano
Since the oral debate began, the visits took place on Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.: a day with special hours, agreed between the Buenos Aires Penitentiary Service and the TOC No. 1. However, on January 18, the date on which the evidentiary stage of the debate ended and which also coincided with the third anniversary of the Báez Sosa crime, the demonstrations of support for Fernando’s parents in Dolores forced a change in the agenda.
That day, the fathers and mothers of the defendants were not able to visit them. They had to leave the court in the middle of a riot, guarded by security personnel, with neighbors with banners who shouted “murderers” at their children and also verbally assaulted them.
On Wednesday, January 25, the date that coincided with the first day of the arguments in the trial, the relatives of the accused were also unable to visit. Some, including Marcial Thomsen, Máximo’s father, came by on Friday morning and left food at the window.
Family members paying the food through the windowAfter leaving the food, they entered the prison
The Dolores prison, the oldest prison in the province of Buenos Aires, is not a novelty for the youth of Zárate. It was his first place of detention in January 2020, after passing through cells of the Buenos Aires Police such as those of the 1st Police Station of Pinamar, before being assigned to the Melchor Romero Warden.
That time, the warden’s sector was reserved for them on the top floor of the prison, between sectors 9 and 10, occupied by evangelical prisoners, with bunk beds and a shared toilet. Today, they occupy another sector of the prison.
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*Photos: Ezequiel Acuna
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