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Did he give himself up or was his arrest unexpected?

Did he give himself up or  was his arrest unexpected?
  • Defence lawyer and police offer different versions

Two weeks after Carlos Fernández was remanded in custody in the province of San Juan, Argentina, it is still not known exactly how his arrest was made and what kind of police operation led to his capture.

According to his defence lawyer and brother, Antonio Fernández, the former councillor handed himself in to the Argentinian police as part of a strategy designed to end 11 years as a fugitive. In fact his arrest came just a day after it was revealed that his brother had been asking for the courts to confirm that, due to the expiry of the statute of limitations, he could no longer be tried.

However the Argentinian federal police say that Fernández was arrested as part of an operation after at least a week's surveillance. When reporting the arrest the police released a statement with two photos, one of Fernández standing between two officers and another of him being escorted by them. In neither image is he seen wearing handcuffs. Another two photos were later released and published, however. In these the detainee's face is covered and the trousers are different to those worn by Fernández in the first images.

Did he give himself up or  was his arrest unexpected?
Did he give himself up or  was his arrest unexpected?

The police deny that Fernández, who had married and formed a family in Argentina, was expecting his arrest as he had been feeding the authorities information about his own whereabouts.