Sunday, February 12, 2012

Argentina's Security Minister Fires Federal Cops Who Leaked Photos of Model's Corpse to Tabloid

Security Ministry Nilda Garré has reportedly approved the dismissal of federal police officers who were involved in leaking crime scene photographs of model Jazmin De Grazia’s corpse, which were published in a Buenos Aires publication (that will remain nameless) on Friday (February 10), that derives its income from sensational news stories.

FYI: Federal police are responsible for law enforcement in the capital of Buenos Aires.

Model and journalist Jazmín De Grazia, 27, was found dead in her bathtub in her apartment in the Recoleta section of the capital last week. She was also being treated for clinical depression.

COMMENT: An investigation is underway to determine whether those federal who leaked Ms. De Grazia's crime scene photos to one unethical publication may have been compensated for the photos.

Regardless, it is clear that the officers implicated violated one of the cardinal rules of police work: Protecting the information learned and acquired during an official investigation. Hence, they deserved to be terminated, but they should also be prosecuted.

An autopsy of Ms. De Grazia's remains revealed that her cause of death was attributed to asphyxiation stemming from immersion in water.

Meanwhile, Judge Justo Rovira, who is presiding over De Grazia's investigation, may rule on a gag order concerning the case.


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