Police sources have reported in the last few hours that they have found journalist Griselda Blanco, who had denounced police abuse in the Argentine province of Corrientes, beaten and hanged. Her ex-partner has been arrested on suspicion that it is a case of gender violence, but the family links the crime with the complaints of police abuse brought to light by Blanco, 45.
A brother of the woman found her hanging in her home in the city of Curuzú Cuatiá, 600 km north of Buenos Aires, and after the first tests, the hypothesis that it could be a suicide was ruled out.
Investigators point to a femicide, for which they arrested her ex-partner, also a journalist Armando Jara. The accesses to the house were not forced, according to what an investigator told the official agency Télam, which also revealed that they found hair on the victim's hands "which could be signs that she defended herself from the attack."
Lautaro Cesano, 25, one of the children that Blanco had with another couple, has questioned whether Jara could be related to his mother's death. "I don't think femicide is the qualifier that has to be given to this. (...) In my opinion, I don't think Jara had anything to do with this, although I clarify that we are waiting for the expertise and the results," he highlights. .
Cesani said that his mother had received threats for an article she wrote about alleged abuses by the Corrientes police, which was published on her website 'Griselda Blanco Noticias'.
According to the newspaper 'El Litoral' of that province, Blanco was "a critical journalist and very committed to various causes." On her Facebook profile, her social communicator reported police cases in her community, drug sales, and abuse.
In her last post, made at dawn on Saturday, the journalist also accused the local hospital of committing malpractice in the death of a friend of hers. In this case, she would have also received threats.
The Argentine Federation of Press Workers (Fatpren) has expressed in a statement its "deep concern" about the case and warns that "the compañera had been denouncing malpractice in the local hospital and to the political and police powers."
Prosecutor María José Barrero, in charge of the investigation, has removed the local police from the case and has ordered the intervention of the Federal Police.
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