“What happened to Facundo should already be resolved, it is not because there are interests behind it. Political interests,” Cristina Castro denounced in the last few hours, shortly before the two years without her son were completed.
Facundo Astudillo Castro, I was 22 years old. He was last seen on April 30, when the police arrested him in the city of Mayor Buratovich in the Province of Buenos Aires for circulating during the quarantine ruled due to COVID-19.
From that day on, his mother Cristina Castrois mobilized in demand for justice, a cause defended by lawyers Luciano Peretto Y Leandro Aparicioand the representative of the institutional complaint of the Provincial Commission for Memory, Margaret Jarque.
Castro was in dialogue with FM De la Calle, one of the media outlets that follows up on the cause of Facundo Astudillo Castro, which according to the contributions made by Peretto in the same interview, “there is not a single element in the cause that is geared towards something other than enforced disappearance”.
Cristina reported that they held meetings with prosecutors Horace Azzolin Y Iara Wild in which they agreed “future meetings and the production of evidence given that the previous judge, Gabriela Brownhad spoiled the case by denying a lot of evidence that was lost over time, but there are others that can be recovered.”
It should be remembered that at the request of the prosecutors, together Andrew Heimalso prosecutor of the case, the Provincial Commission for Memory and the family, finally the I Court of Cassation agreed unanimously in December 2021 to remove the federal judge María Gabriela Brown, for “her actions in favor of the cover-up of the Buenos Aires Police under the command of Sergio Berni”, as reported at the time by La Izquierda newspaper.
“There is a lack of elements to prove exactly what they did with Facundo and when, but the responsibilities are clear. Everything is proven in the file, what we ask the Prosecutor’s Office is that now all this must be systematized. Achieving this is not only important within of the legal case, it is also very important for a society that is very aware of what happened to Facundo and what is happening in the case,” said lawyer Peretto.
This April 30 there will be any activity in request of justice?
“We have been organizing but we are going to postpone it for next week,” Cristina declared. “For many of us, work schedules do not coincide and it is difficult. The girls tell me that I have to honor the date, but I always maintained that Facundo did not die on April 30, because Facu was tortured, they dedicated more days to Facu, I do not know how many. April 30 is the day of his disappearance, not his death. The day that I know exactly what day my son died will not be a day to remember Facu, it will be a day of struggle and a day of raising arms and say ‘never again'”, he guaranteed.
“What we have to see is that every time a boy disappears there is a network behind. Understand that behind each disappeared there is a police, judicial and political network. These three parts go together,” said the woman who carries the flag of fighting on behalf of his son.
Cristina Castro together with the representative of the institutional complaint of the Provincial Commission for Memory, Margarita Jarque and one of her lawyers, Luciano Peretto | On FM From the Street
Cristina remembers that in Villarino “they disappeared, tortured and killed a kid who is mine, but tomorrow it could be someone else’s” and assures that they remember him “every day”. “I am proud to have had a good son,” she says.
Facundo Castro was detained by the Buenos Aires police when he was last seen
At the moment the case has four police officers mentioned in the file: Mario Gabriel Sosa, Jana Curuhinca, Siomara Floreswho was Curuhinca’s half-sister and Sosa’s partner, and the first lieutenant Alberto Gonzalez.
His arrest requests had been rejected by the federal judge of Bahía Blanca María Gabriela Marron, who repeatedly considered through her resolutions that “it was an accidental death in which no third parties participated.”
On April 30, Facundo had left his house to go to Bahía Blanca to see his girlfriend. In the middle he was arrested by police officers and since then he has not been seen alive. Four months later, on August 15, his body was found lifeless in a crab field in the town of General Daniel Cerri.
While the autopsy carried out by experts from the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF) determined that the young man died as a result of “asphyxiation by submersion”.
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