‘Assassination targets’ get police protection
Court sources: judge, prosecutor, police officer in Rosario earmarked after drug offensive
The homes of Judge Juan Carlos Vienna and prosecutor Guillermo Camporini in Rosario, Santa Fe province, were given police protection yesterday following news over the weekend that both court officials, as well as a police officer, had been earmarked for murder over their role in an ongoing offensive by the Santa Fe government against organized crime and drug trafficking in the district.
On Saturday, court sources revealed that Federal Police forces based in Buenos Aires City had intercepted, over a tapped phone line, a call between a former police officer charged with facilitating a prison escape, Germán Almirón, and César Arón Treves, who was last year imprisoned for murder and for transporting two kilos of cocaine paste in southern Rosario.
By Sunday, more information about the call had come to light that revealed that a police officer, Luis Quebertoque, had also been earmarked for assassination.
“I want to do it no matter what. Whether it’s ‘Sausage’ (Vienna), or taking out a traitor. That Judas (Quebertoque) son of a bitch, find out all you can about him and I’ll send the boys,” Treves told Almirón in a phone call from Sunday March 16.
The police officer from the Regional Unit II of the Santa Fe police was targeted for having exposed Almirón for his role in covering up the prison escape of Juan Domingo Ramírez, a hitman for Rosario’s infamous “Los Monos” gang who was last year sentenced for drug-related offences and for murdering 16-year-old Luciano Cáceres.
Court sources told newspaper La Capital of Rosario that Almirón had harboured resentment toward his police colleague for exposing his role in the escape, in a case that is currently before Judge Alejandra Rodenas.
In the phone call intercepted by the Federal Police, the pair thought to be Almirón and Treves refer to judge Vienna as “Rice with Sausage,” “Hot dog,” and “The Old Guy,” while Camporini, who has been highly visible in his role in the drug offensive against “Los Monos” gang in Rosario, is given the name “Big Mouth.”
“Give me a few days so I can talk to my lawyer, who’ll find out for me about the one from here, the one from the building close to the Court House,” Treves, who’s awaiting trial in the Coronda prison, says in the audio, in reference to the home of Vienna, while repeating his acquaintance with two men — supposedly hitmen — referred to in the calls as “Anteojito” and “Chrysler.”
For his part, the man thought to be Almirón, currently imprisoned in Police Headquarters and awaiting trial, is heard saying he can “catch him (Vienna) when he gets out of his car at the Court House,” for which Treves mentions the possibility of the vehicle being equipped with added security. The former police officer replies, “No man, there’s none of that... He gets out walking with his toy poodle. It’s easy.”
Almirón also proposes targeting Camporini, or “Big Mouth.”
“Take your time thinking about it and tell me tomorrow if we eat rice with sausage or if we eat the big mouth. You think about it. Why? Because if I eat the big mouth, sausage is going to get quite the fright,” he says, later adding that, “until a judge or prosector is killed in Santa Fe (province) everything’s going to be the same.”
A nearly 30-page transcript of the phone call was handed over to federal judge Carlos Vera Barros last Wednesday, while yesterday it was confirmed that both the homes of Vienna and Camporini had been given police protection.
From all corners of the political ring, Santa Fe’s politicians yesterday rallied to denounce the assassination plan and call for greater cooperation in fighting the persistent issue of violent crime in the province.
Santa Fe province Governor Antonio Bonfatti, a Socialist Party leader, yesterday urged for “strengthened ties to fight a powerful enemy who’s proving its worst side with these types of incidents” and reiterated that the three branches of government in the province were working together to fight crime.