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  • Feminist organizations protested on Thursday outside the National Directorate of Criminalistics (Dirincri) in Lima, capital of Peru, to reject the lack of effectiveness of the justified instances with the crime of activist Solsiret Rodríguez.

    Feminist organizations protested on Thursday outside the National Directorate of Criminalistics (Dirincri) in Lima, capital of Peru, to reject the lack of effectiveness of the justified instances with the crime of activist Solsiret Rodríguez. | Photo: EFE

Published 20 February 2020

Callao provincial prosecutor in Peru announced Thursday that he will request nine months of pretrial detention against Aguirre and Villanueva as alleged co-authors of the qualified homicide.

Three years and a half after the feminist activist Solsiret Rodriguez' femicide, the Prosecutor's Office of Peru asked for preventive detention against the confessed authors Andrea Aguirre and Kevin Villanueva, her friend and ex-brother-in-law, respectively.

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Callao provincial prosecutor Jimmy Mansilla announced Thursday that he will request nine months of pretrial detention against Aguirre and Villanueva as alleged co-authors of the qualified homicide.

The Prosecutor's Office indicated that their confessions involved forensic expertise and the lifting of the secrecy of the communications of the defendants. Evidence made possible to argue that in August 2016, Aguirre, sentimentally related to Villanueva at that time, would have pushed the victim during an argument and would have caused her death, after which she called the other accused to cut off the body and try to get rid of it.

The main question is how was it possible that for years authorities not only refused to investigate what happened, but accused the activist of having "abandoned" her family.

Today we will make common strength for the justice that #Solsiret deserves. To the incompetent, indifferent and inhuman authorities, we will face the great damage caused by their actions, omissions, but above all their prevailing machismo. See you

Feminist organizations protested on Thursday outside the National Directorate of Criminalistics (Dirincri) in Lima, demanding effectiveness of the judicial process surounding Rodríguez femicide.

In light of the national outrage for the ineffectiveness of the justice system, prejudices and disinterest of the authorities in dealing with gender violence in the country, Interior Minister, Carlos Moran, apologized personally to Solsiret's parents on behalf of the State "for the negligence and insensitivity shown by the political and police authorities who did not investigate the disappearance of his daughter in 2016".

In this matter, Moran also expressed empathy for "the indignation of the family for this punishable negligence of some police officers and even the Interior Minister at the time, who did not have proactivity or sensitivity to boost research."

Still some doubts…

However, Solsiret Rodríguez's death still raises eyebrows. She disappeared in 2016 from the house shared with her two children, her partner, Brian Villanueva his parents, and his twin brother, Kevin Villanueva.

The fiscal thesis suggests that even when Andrea Aguirre had the help of Kevin Villanueva to dismember and get rid of the body, as indicated by relatives of Solsiret, there could have been also the involvement of other inhabitants of the house in this crime.

Her husband, Brian, never looked for Solsiret and reported her disappearance to the police as "abandonment of the home", a complaint that authorities collected and even defended while the parents of the victim asked them to investigate more. Solsiret's in-laws, who remained in the care of her children, also supported this thesis and did not contribute to the investigations.

For the lawyer of the Rodríguez Aybar family, as he said in statements to Peruvian television, it is clear that "there are more involved" in this case.

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