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Unusual Argentina: who is the judge who uses a dictatorial law to summon children to testify for fighting at school or for having scratched a car


A policeman walks into an apartment in the city of San José de Metán, province of Salta. He has a thick backrest under his arm. He is received by a woman and her son from new years. The officer went to pick up the baby. And he informs them that a judge has opened a case against the minor. They accuse him of having scratched the neighbor’s car. So begins this soul-breaking story.

The policeman insists that the boy sign the file. The mother hesitates, but wants everything to end quickly. He asks her to sign, but the boy can’t. This scared, everything is shaking. His first name is so long that he thinks he won’t be able to. Then he asks the mother to sign his middle name, which is shorter. When he signs the dossier, this unnecessary story begins.

It wasn’t the first time this had happened in Metán. When Teresita Frías, the mother of the child, has made public the start of his son’s trial, other cases have emerged. This was not an isolated case: other boys had also been summoned to the judge’s office. One of them, 12, was He accused her of fighting after school.

They all stayed traumatized. We started having difficulties at school. The other one cries when he sees a policeman, he develops nervous tics and panic attacks. None of them could resist the impact of a criminal trial on their heads. All these children are here today psychological treatment, that their fathers and mothers pay out of pocket.

the Judge Ramón Alberto Haddad, member of Chamber II of the Metán Court of First Instance, based its decisions on the law in force. This is Decree-Law 22.278 sanctioned by the military dictatorship over 40 years ago. Oddly enough, this is the current law for when a child commits a crime.

Strictly speaking, the judge acted in accordance with the law. No lawyer can say otherwise. But then, can a process be both legal and unfair? These processes prove that this is the case. The judge decided to apply the dictatorship law, but he also had the Comprehensive Protection of Children and Adolescents Act of 2005 and the International Children’s Convention, which has had a constitutional hierarchy since 1994, on hand.

That is why specialists can say that Judge Haddad’s proceedings are unconstitutional. But Salta Attorney General Abel Cornejo, a very important official who heads all prosecutors, went further. He called the case “disparate” and created a special tax unit to investigate.

In journalistic statements, the lawyer himself added another disturbing seasoning. In the case of Teresita Frías’s son, there would be a very dark intention behind. the mom of this nine year old boy is journalist and is investigation of controversial provincial senator who would have recently been the protagonist of a shooting at a gas station in Metán. One of those politicians who are always suspicious but no one can prove anything to him.

Precisely, Frías would try to investigate the case, to prove something, and according to his speculations and those of the prosecutor himself, this provincial senator could have something to do with the harassment of this child. Everyone in Metán hopes that the recent intervention of the Supreme Court and the Attorney General will clarify this case and mitigate its consequences.

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