The head of the Nation’s prosecutors, Eduardo Casal, ordered the Prosecution Court of the Attorney General to move forward with the political trial against the federal prosecutor of Salta, Francisco Snopekafter the Justice investigates him for acts of gender violence against his wife and that an official defender of that province also denounced him for the same thing.
“The serious events that had Dr. Snopek as one of their protagonists allow us to conclude that he will not be able to continue acting with the authority that his investiture implies until the Prosecution Court decides on his responsibility in them,” Casal wrote in his opinion, to which had access Infobae.
Snopek could be fired. That, moreover, would entail the loss of privileges and the consequent possibility of being imprisoned in case the Justice considers him guilty of the facts for which he is being investigated.
weigh three simultaneous causes about the federal prosecutor born 43 years ago in Jujuy: the penal related to the violence against his wife, in events that occurred on May 23 in the home they share; the family, for a lawsuit by the official defender of Salta Clarisa Galán, also for violence; and research Internal Prosecution.
Weeks ago, this media announced that the Evaluating Council of the Attorney General of the Nation, made up of Oscar Ciruzzi, Alejandro Alagia, Guillermo Pérez De la Fuente, Susana Pernas and María Gloria André, had determined that there were sufficient elements to raise the case of Snopek to impeachment.
Based on this analysis, Attorney Casal had to give the “last word.” In a 14-page opinion, the chief prosecutor decided that there are grounds to move forward with the jury against Snopek. In addition, he asked the Court to activate the suspension once the medical license expires.
“The events harmed the administration of justice due to the affectation suffered by the image of the magistrate involved -in particular- whose authority is degraded and that of the Public Prosecutor’s Office -in general- whom he represents,” Casal wrote, about the disgrace that the Snopek case represents for the image of national justice.
According to judicial sources, the Court would be made up of Ricardo Carlos María Álvarez, attorney general before the Federal Court of Appeals of Paraná, Eduardo Norberto Varas, federal attorney of Junín, Agustina Rodríguez Saa, rector of the National University of the Comechingones, María Gabriela Van Marrewic, representative of the Public Bar Association of the Federal Capital, Francisco Javier Panero, of the Argentine Federation of Bar Associations (FACA), Cesar Antonio Grau, for the National Senate, and Héctor Pedro Recalde, representative of the Executive Power .
The scandal involving Snopek broke out between the night of May 22 last and the early hours of the 23rd, after a 911 call made by himself alerted the Salta Police. A group of agents arrived at his house, located in a closed neighborhood of the provincial capital. They were received by the prosecutor himself, in a visible state of intoxication, according to all the police officers. There, he told them that his wife was violent and nervous. “She’s breaking everything,” he warned.
The police officers noted upon entering the house that the matter was different from how Snopek had reported it. “You’re crazy,” the prosecutor told his wife, a 32-year-old lawyer, in front of the agents. She replied: “Yes, I’m crazy,” and showed the police wounds on one of her arms and on her head. And she said that the man hit her and threw her against the wall after yelling at her to go clean up a spilled liquid.
Subsequently, according to what all the policemen involved declared in agreement, Snopek wanted to leave his house. The agents prevented him from doing so and he mistreated them with insults such as “shitty black”, “you don’t know who you messed with”. They described Snopek as “uncontrollable”.
The police officers denounced the prosecutor for illegal deprivation of liberty. The judge of Guarantees Claudia Puertas dismissed the prosecutor days ago from the complaint for locking the police in his house but kept active the ex officio investigation initiated by the Salta Gender Violence Prosecutor, Luján Sodero, for the violence against his wife.
The alleged victim, the mother of a four-month-old baby as a result of her relationship with Snopek, refused to report her partner. According to the police officers who went to her house, the woman promised her in front of them with the idea that she would calm down. Although she maintained that position, prosecutor Sodero moved forward with the case.
As a result of that investigation, other acts of violence involving Snopek came to light and that, in the judicial world of Salta and Jujuy, were popular voice. A similar event was discussed again with his ex-wife and also the official defender of Salta, Clarisa Galán, denounced the prosecutor before a Family prosecutor’s office for workplace harassment and gender violence in the workplace. Due to this fact, Judge María Carolina Cáceres Moreno decided to impose a restriction on her approach to the prosecutor and a custody to her defender.
“He is a psychopath, cynical, sick, he is perverse. I felt it in my own flesh”. At least 20 phrases said before a judicial expert by people who work or worked with the federal prosecutor were included in the judicial file where he is being investigated.
To the key video and audio provided as evidence by the police officers who recorded the events that occurred in the prosecutor’s house, testimonies of people in the workplace, from his closest circle, to colleagues of the same hierarchy, who put in context the daily behavior of Snopek, 43, in his workplace. And they basically describe him as a person violentespecially with the women.
Snopek tried to defend himself, both in the criminal case against him and before the Attorney General’s Evaluation Council, where he stressed that the situation on May 22 and 23 was caused by the loss of a baby and family stress.
However, the Council decided by majority to move forward with the political trial. In his report to Casal, he highlighted that at least part of the verbal and symbolic violence against women had occurred in real time, before police personnel and had been documented.
As confirmed by judicial sources Infobae, the political trial against Snopek could advance within the next two months, which for the times of Justice is a fast process. And if the license expires and you return to work, the process for the suspension would be dealt with “immediately”.
If you or someone you know is going through a situation of gender violence, call line 144