In this way Pérez Corradi (41) will remain a prisoner, although he achieved a reduction of more than half of the sentence because he had participated in the investigation.
After hearing the verdict, the businessman, who was only accompanied by his lawyer Juan José Ribelli and jogging dressing, was handcuffed with a helmet and bulletproof vest and accompanied by two members of Prefectura Naval Argentina (PNA).
Before he left the courtroom of the Federal Oral Court of Buenos Aires (TOF) 8, and prior to a consultation with Télam, Pérez Corradi said he would like to make statements, although he apologized for it, since the program of sponsoring witnesses and deputies in the one that is included, this does not allow.
Lawyer Ribelli explained to Telam that the judges Nicolás Toselli, Sabrina Namer and María Gabriela López Iñíguez gave rise to three arguments of defense by eliminating the crime of "illegal import and diversion" of ephedrine, the aggravating factor of "participation of three or more people "and the actual competition with" commercialization of raw materials for the production of narcotics ".
In this way, the TOF attributed this last offense only to Pérez Corradi, which includes sanctions ranging from 4 to 15 years in prison, and set a sentence of 7 to assess the "effectiveness in cooperation" that he provided in the investigation.
At the end of the hearing, Ribelli said he would wait for the court to distribute the grounds of the verdict on November 22 at 18 to prepare the appeal against the verdict, since the allegations had applied for acquittal.
In turn, Prosecutor General Marcelo Colombo had demanded a 10-year prison sentence for the importation and diversion of ephedrine, in real competition with the crime of commercialization and aggravated.
Before the verdict was pronounced, Pérez Corradi delivered his "last words" and repeated what he had already said during the trial: that he put ephedrine on the market "in black" but did not do so for the production of narcotics.
"He went on to say that you have to go back to before 2008, when ephedrine was not a forbidden substance but a legal one," Ribelli said, adding: "He explained that his Argentinian and Mexican buyers of ephedrine had no problems with illegal substances. . "
Pérez Corradi is the only accused in this process that started on 13 September, although there are still five other defendants in the case who will later be subjected to another oral debate because they have appealed against the requirement of increase.
Among the accused are the brothers Máximo Zacarías (60), former PAMI ceremonial official; and Miguel Angel Zacarías (58), former private secretary to the head of Sedronar, Ramón Granero (58) – he is also tried -; and two other former officials of the same secretariat, Gabriel Yusef Abboud (59) and Julio De Orue (48).
In the meantime, two more trials had begun last month against Pérez Corradi: one in the Oral Economic Criminal Court (TOPE) 2, for attempts to get ephedrine to travel to China; and the second, responsible for the TOF 5 and money laundering in the so-called cause of the "Drug Mafia", although both were postponed not to overlap with the one that ended today.
Pérez Corradi is also connected with the cause of the triple crime of General Rodríguez, in which Sebastián Forza (34), Damián Ferrón (37) and Leopoldo Bina (35) were murdered in 2008, because although in December 2016 the judge María Servini dictated it lack of merit, in May 2017 the Federal Chamber of Criminal Cassation (CFCP) rescinded that decision to consider that it was still to produce evidence.
The businessman was a refugee from justice until June 2016, when he was captured in the Triple Frontier area of Paraguay, and was extradited to Argentina, where he was sentenced to preventive detention in the case of trafficking in ephedrine.
When the case came to court, federal prosecutor Juan Pedro Zoni insisted that it was clear "the clandestine way the accused decided to commercialize that substance".
"In this sense, the accused acquired the ephedrine without being registered for the Sedronar, despite the fact that he knew this was necessary, which is evidence of the knowledge he had of the illegal activity he was developing, "he added.
According to the complaint, this lack of controls led to the abuse of 40 tonnes of imported ephedrine between 2004 and 2008, which was sold to drug trafficking in Mexico to be used as a chemical precursor in the manufacture of methamphetamine.