According to the investigation, “Bocacha” was removed from the VIP area of the bowling alley by two private security people from the business, identified as Fabián Maidana and Emiliano López.
More than 3 years after the tragic night in which a young man from Rosario went out to dance and was found dead in the Paraná River, this Wednesday a criminal court in the city of Santa Fe will announce the verdict on the situation of the four defendants: two police officers and two nightclub security employees, for whom the prosecutor in the case has already requested a 19-year sentence.
The clock will strike 2:00 p.m., two hours later than expected, when the criminal court of first instance, made up of judges Mariano Aliau, Aldo Bilbao Benítez and José Luis Suárez, announces its decision. Thus, a process that began on April 12 at the Rosario Criminal Justice Center will be closed.
The eyes will be on the four subjects accused of simple homicide with eventual intent. According to the investigation, Carlos “Bocacha” Orellano was removed from the VIP area of the bowling alley by two private security people from the business, identified as Fabián Maidana and Emiliano López. The witnesses highlighted that this happened after Orellano wanted to enter that area of the club without authorization.
Relatives and friends of Carlos Orellano, the young man who was found dead yesterday in the Paraná River, demand justice in front of the Ming House River bowling alley. (Photo: Sebastian Granata/telam/cgl)
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In detail, the victim’s father stressed that he was beaten and that the patovicas cornered him against a railing, after which Carlos fell into the water. One of the pieces of evidence on which the suspicions of the Orellano family about the alleged cornering are based has to do with a “path of traces of blood” that goes from the interior of the nightclub to the railing of Pier 3.
However, the Intentional Homicide prosecutor, Patricio Saldutti, clarified that no traces of blood were found inside the nightclub, although they were found in the back of the premises. “The people of the bowling alley do not recognize any problem that night,” the prosecutor said.
Regarding the policemen Carina Gómez and Gabriel Nicolossi, the victim’s family pointed precisely against their actions, even denounced “serious irregularities” in the investigation, maintaining that there were intentional delays after the request to find out whereabouts.
Orellano, a young man from the Empalme Graneros neighborhood in Rosario, disappeared at dawn on March 24, 2020.
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As a result of this situation, the Public Prosecutor’s Office opened a parallel investigation for a possible network of complicity in police cover-up. As a first step, they seized the police station 2 logbook and gave the Control Agency (former Internal Affairs) intervention.
In his eyes, the prosecutor in the case also pointed at the police officers and maintained that once outside the bowling alley “Mr. Ming River House”, located on the central waterfront of that city, “Bocacha” was beaten by the two patovicas and the male police officer and, “after surrounding the victim against the Paraná river railing, taking advantage of the physical and numerical superiority, They determined with their actions that Orellano jump over the protection railings of the dock and fall into the waters of the river, circumstances that caused his death.”
On the opposite sidewalk, the defense of the security men, López and Madiana, in charge of private attorney Jorge Bedouret, requested the acquittal of the defendants and affirmed that, during the oral debate, there was not “a single serious piece of evidence that links the defendants to the death of Carlos Orellano.” “There is nothing that allows us to maintain that López and Maidana participated in the murder for which they are accused,” said the defender in the final argument of the trial.
In this sense, the lawyer for the police officers, Antonela Travesaro, agreed with her colleague and affirmed that “the only thing proven in this trial is that Carlos Orellano fell into the river, drowned, and has no injuries.” Therefore, she considered that “there was no institutional violence, a cover-up protocol or a pact of silence, but that we were witnesses to the creation of a social, media and political cause.”
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