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ARA San Juan: Relative lodges criminal complaint against Defence Minister Aguad

The father of one of the 44 missing Navy officers accuses Oscar Aguad of “breach of duties as a public servant, abandonment, aggravated concealment and treason”.

Monday 26 March, 2018
Defence Minister Oscar Aguad has come under fire by relatives of the 44 missing navy officers for alleged incompetence in his portfolio's management the ARA San Juan crisis.
Defence Minister Oscar Aguad has come under fire by relatives of the 44 missing navy officers for alleged incompetence in his portfolio's management the ARA San Juan crisis. Foto:@oscaraguad

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The father of one of the 44 Navy officers presumed dead as a result of the disappearance in November, 2017 of the ARA San Juan submarine has filed a criminal complaint against Defence Minister Oscar Aguad.

Luis Alberto Tagliapietra, father of Lieutenant Commander Alejandro Tagliapietra, formally accused Aguad on Monday of “breach of duties as a public servant, abandonment, aggravated concealment and treason”, according to the criminal complaint Tagliapietra lodged with the courts.

Agaud: 'Missing submarine once suffered a similar glitch'

 

“We have been patient but his comments in recent days, in an article, were the straw that broke the camel’s back”, Tagliapietra told Radio Diez. 

“To recognise that everything has been done so that we never find out what happened is a confession and it indicates concealment”, he added. “We hope he is called to testify”.

Aguad last week claimed the submarine was in conditions to navegate "but not to go to war", in statements made to Infobae

Navy: ARA San Juan suffered battery short circuit

 

Tagliapietra alleges that Agaud decided to “terminate the search and rescue effort in a speedy way and without solid arguments (to do so), sentencing my son and his 43 comrades to death”.

His criminal complaint also suggests Agaud is responsible for the ARA San Juan’s disappearance because he knew of “the unseaworthiness” of the vessel.

Read also: A national tragedy: the story of the search for the ARA San Juan

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