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The process against a paraguayan official accused of raping and abusing a minor remains open

12/07/2005: Paraguay

This official webpage of the Marist Institute has supported the campaign for mobilisation to defend the Rights of the Child and the Adolescent in Paraguay since towards the end of May, concretely in relation to the “Cantero Case”, following the initiative promoted by the NGO SED (Solidarity, Education, Development) linked to the Marists in Spain.
The Paraguayan Justice system had initially fixed the 2nd June as the date for the end of the trial against the sub-officer Gilberto Cantero, presumed guilty of raping and physically and psychologically abusing in 2002 Marisa N. N., a young thirteen-year-old girl who was working as a domestic employee in his house. At that time, the defence attorneys were able to extend the process, putting the trial back until the 14th June and they were also able to postpone until this date the final prescription of the case. This postponement was possible thanks largely to the more than 2000 international petitions that were received from around the world.
Finally, on Tuesday the 14th June the case was reverted to Asunción. The result was deceptive because the trial was not carried out even this time and the case has been moved from Asunción to the court in the city of Filadelfia, in El Chaco. But, on the other hand, in this last judicial session there were three positive achievements that are good news and signs of hope for the futurea ...

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