Monday, February 13, 2012

Update: Eleven Cops in Buenos Aires Fired for Leaking Photos of Model's Corpse

Heads have rolled in Buenos Aires where the government has fired eleven 11 federal cops who have been implicated in leaking photographs of the corpse of model Jazmin De Grazia, 27, that were published earlier this weekend in an unethical Buenos Aires newspaper.

The Security Ministry has dismissed commissioner Ruben Miño, head of the police photography division, two officers, five police experts and three security and defense auxiliary officers, all of them employed by the Federal Police.

Meanwhile, prosecutor Justo Rovira summoned the head of the Internal Affairs division of the Federal Police, Alejandro Rom, and the head of Station 17, Marcelo Repetto, to provide an explanation for the leaking of the photos.

Judge Raul Botto said in a communique that “the corresponding complaint will be made with the aim of investigating the alleged commission” of a crime regarding the leaking of the photos, which are part of the file in the investigation into the model’s death.

COMMENT: Ms. De Grazia was found dead in the bathroom of her Buenos Aires home on February 5. Reportedly, the model was under a psychiatrist's care and was taking sleeping pills.

“We’re going to punish with maximum severity the officials who have failed in their duties, violating at the same time judicial procedures, the right to privacy of a person and the relatives of the deceased young woman,” Security Minister Nilda Garré emphasized.

Although the tough stance of Argentina's federal government is commendable, one would hope that a much broader investigation is conducted to determine how many other cases there have been of the crime scene photography's unit releasing crime scene photos to unauthorized persons.

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