Temporary judge Juan Paredes gave statements at the hearing held yesterday in the District Attorney within the process of preliminary investigation against him. There he admitted that a flash drive was used for the sentence against El Universo newspaper, on 20 July.
According to Paredes, the device was given by Judge Monica Encalada, who handled the case at first instance while a challenge is resolved against the defense raised by the newspaper.
Paredes said that he was the only person that worked on the conviction, without anybody’s help in the Provincial Court of Justice. When asked who currently owns the pendrive Paredes said, “attorney Encalada must have it (…)”.
He said the documents containing the scan and the answer to the complaint filed by the defendants were inside the flash drive.
Then, Paredes told the media that the scanner was provided by Monica Vargas, defense counsel for one of the directors of the Journal, but Vargas emphatically denied it. However, Jaime Martinez, a computer technician from the Judicial Council, was the one who performed the scan.