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Gender violence charges filed against boxer Juanma López

By The Star Staff

The Department of Justice on Wednesday filed seven charges against boxer Juan Manuel “Juanma” López Rivera for four incidents of gender violence against his ex-partner, Andrea Ojeda Cruz, who said through social media that she was the victim of an alleged pattern of aggression and mistreatment by the athlete.

“Since yesterday [Tuesday], the prosecutor [Jaime] Perea Mercado has intervened in the case, in compliance with public policy and recent legislation that establishes the presence of prosecutors from the stage of Rule 6,” said Justice Secretary Domingo Emanuelli Hernández in a written statement. “It is a process that takes time to safeguard the health of the victim, who has been very brave and has cooperated with the District Attorney so that we can present the case with the required evidence. We urge survivors to report abuse to the authorities so that we can stop the cycle of violence and bring them justice. We will make sure to apply the law, equally, against anyone.”

Perea Mercado, from the Caguas District Prosecutor’s Office, interviewed Ojeda Cruz on Tuesday night when the young woman went to Police headquarters in the municipality to file a complaint against López Rivera. After completing the interview, which continued Wednesday morning, the prosecutor decided to file charges against the boxer for physical and psychological abuse, threats and damage to property, in violation of articles 3.1 and 3.3 of Law 54, known as the Law for the Prevention and Intervention with Domestic Violence, as amended.

The boxer has remained silent since he went on Tuesday to Police headquarters in Caguas in the company of his attorney, Jaime Barceló Sosa.

Sheila Miranda Rivera, director of the Justice Department’s Office of Compensation and Services for Crime Victims and Witnesses, said the office has provided the young woman with “support from the beginning of the process, and we have offered psychological services and preventive services in coordination with the Police.”

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