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ARGENTINA | 31-05-2024 17:37

A year on from Cecilia Strzyzowski femicide: How the case is progressing

The case was taken to court in late April. Her partner César Sena has been accused as the main perpetrator of the crime and his parents, Emerenciano Sena and Marcela Acuña, as direct participants.

June 2 marked the first anniversary of the brutal suspected femicide of Cecilia Strzyzowski in Chaco Province last year.

Back in April, the investigation into her death was sent to trial. Cecilia's partner, César Sena, has been indicted as the main perpetrator of the crime, while his parents, powerful picket leader Emerenciano Sena and local politician Marcela Acuña, are accused of being direct and necessary participants in her death.

Four others, friends of the family Gustavo Melgarejo, Gustavo Obregón, Griselda Reinoso and Fabiana González, are accused of helping to cover-up the murder of the 28-year-old.

Cecilia, aged 28, was last seen on June 2, 2023 at the home of her in-laws, outside Resistencia. Despite the efforts of investigators, the victim's body has not been found.

Investigators have determined that her she was murdered at the Sena family home and that her body was then incinerated. Tests on charred bone fragments discovered in the waterbed of a river near the family home were inconclusive.

Nevertheless, prosecutors Juan Martín Bogado, Jorge Cáceres Olivera and Nelia Velázquez say that “this does not preclude the indictments” against the accused. Their conclusions are based on other evidence, which supports the hypothesis, they argue.

The prosecutors hold that the evidence against Strzyzowski’s partner, his parents and the four others speaks volumes.

 "This request contains a readjustment of the facts after an exhaustive analysis of the case ... César Sena is the material author of Cecilia's death, a death that did not occur without the indispensable collaboration of his parents, Emerenciano Sena and Marcela Acuña," they told the court.

They asked that two aggravated factors be included on Sena's indictment due to his relationship with the victim and it being gender-based violence.




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