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Prosecutor Mariana Alfaro is the one chosen by the Attorney General’s Office; the prosecutor can abstain
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March 29, 2023 at 21:39
Prosecutor Mariana Alfaro was appointed by the Office of the Attorney General of the Nation to investigate the public complaint by Romina Celeste Papasso against Gustavo Penadés for an alleged case of sexual exploitation when she was 13 years old.
As El País learned and confirmed The Observer, Prosecutor Alfaro –known for leading the investigation into Operation Oceano– was designated to investigate the alleged case of sexual exploitation between Senator Gustavo Penadés and the nationalist militant.
The Prosecutor’s Office acted ex officio in the media case and the court prosecutor Juan Gómez referred the complaint to the DPA office (Depuration, Prioritization and Assignment of cases). The office referred the case to the 6th shift Sexual Crimes Prosecutor Mariana Alfaro, who may refrain from taking the case.
The prosecutor’s choice
The assignment of the case was settled between the prosecutor Alicia Ghione and the prosecutor Alfaro herself. This is because Romina Celeste Papasso said that she had been abused in a live that she did on social networks. when the prosecutor Mariana Alfaro was on duty. On this occasion he had not blamed Penadés.
However, the prosecutor Alicia Ghione was on duty when she gave the interview on the program We do what we can. On that occasion, she directly targeted the pro-government senator.
The DPA office ultimately assigned the investigation to prosecutor Alfaro, who was also in charge of investigating the Operation Oceano sexual exploitation network.
On Wednesday morning, Penadés declared that he would initiate legal action against his complainant for defamation.
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