Detained since January 2016 for camping in the central square of San Salvador de Jujuy in the first days of the government of Gerardo Morales, the social leader miracle room It has a dozen open cases in Jujuy justice, some with sentences not yet final and others still under investigation. At the beginning of 2020, the Superior Court of Justice of Jujuy ratified a sentence of 13 years in prison for the leader of the group Tupac Amaru -who has been a beneficiary of house arrest for two years and lives in her chalet in the Cuyaya neighborhood, in San Salvador de Jujuy- for the case known as “village kids”, in which she is accused of being the head of an illicit association that diverted state funds for about 60 million pesos between 2011 and 2015.
According to the case, the money was received through cooperatives for the construction of social housing, which in the end was never built. The research is part of a “megacause” that investigates the embezzlement of 700 million pesos and that has accused a further twenty people, including former provincial officials.
For her part, in 2018, Sala was tried and acquitted for the crime of threats. It was a case in which she went to trial because she called a police station, which was carrying out a police procedure against another social leader, and told the police officers who attended her to abandon the operation. Supposedly, his words were: “They are a bunch of incompetents, when I put a bomb on them they will know me. I’m going to blow the hell out of them.”.
The judges of the Oral Criminal Court No. 2, by majority, acquitted her because they said that the only evidence of the threats was the story of the police officers. And another woman, who listened to the chat as Sala spoke, said she didn’t recall her speaking in a threatening manner.
The prosecution appealed and the provincial Cassation revoked the acquittal of Sala and imposed a sentence of three years and two months in prison. He assessed that the testimony of the two policemen was credible and to this was added an entry in a daily part of the police station where it was noted that “with obscene words with insults towards the of. of service and the titular head of this unit threatened to take reprisals regarding the destination of work”. In addition, they understood that the woman who said she did not remember the threats was precisely close to Sala and who asked her for help with the police procedure.
With these elements, they revoked the acquittal and sentenced her to three years and two months in prison for threats. The case came to Superior Court of Justice of Jujuy, which reviewed the matter and decided to impose a sentence of two years in prison on house arrest, something that was ratified by the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation in February 2021. It was the first time that the highest court in the country ruled in a case against the leader of the group Tupac Amaru, who faces other criminal proceedings where he has other convictions.
The causes of Miracle Sala