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ARGENTINA | 17-10-2018 08:38

Judge rejects Moyano arrest, denounces threats

Avellaneda Judge Luis Carzoglio denied the prosecution's request to jail Moyano in a case involving alleged embezzlement at the Independent Football Club and the use fake sponsors to keep the club's finances in order.

A judge in Avellaneda City on Tuesday rejected a request for union leader Pablo Moyano to be held in preventative arrest on corruption charges. 

Avellaneda Judge Luis Carzoglio denied the prosecution's request to jail Moyano in a case involving alleged embezzlement at the Independent Football Club and the use fake sponsors to keep the club's finances in order.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Carzoglio denounced "pressure" from the media and said his family had received a death threat.

"This judge has not let himself be pressured by other parties. He also did not let himself be pressured by media campaigns, especially by the Clarín Group and La Nación [newspaper]", Carzoglio said.

He blamed "personnel from General Prosecutors Office of the Lomas de Zamora Courts" for the leaking of his ruling and of information about his career, including previous rulings.

"I will not be influenced by carpetazos", Carzoglio said, in reference to a typically Argentine phenomenon in which judicial authorities offer files to the media containing sensitive and compromising information about judges, prosecutors or politicians.

The judge claimed his partner had received a death threat in which "they alluded to problems she is suffering, as if they knew her".

MOYANO CELEBRATES

The ruling was celebrated by union kingpin Hugo Moyano, father of the accused. 

"We're going to go to Ezeiza [airport] to welcome Pablo", he said, a likely reference to Peronist leader Juan Perón's historic return to Argentina in 1973 at Ezeiza airport. Pablo Moyano is currently on an overseas union trip.

-TIMES

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