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The testimony of a prosecutor, as well as several documents shown in the continuation of the case brought by former intelligence specialist Francisco J. Reyes Caparros against the local office of the federal prosecutor, seemed to support the claim of the complainant that he was subjected to reprisals and harassment in your work environment.
During her testimony, assistant prosecutor Carmen Marquez repeatedly stated that on several occasions she had to interact with Reyes Caparros as part of her job and had carried out her work diligently and professionally.
Márquez said Reyes Caparrós assisted him at a time when he was under threat for 2010, when he was involved in a case related to a criminal organization.
She stated that the main witness in the case was murdered and when she asked to go to the funeral she did not receive support from her superiors, but from Reyes Caparrós, who was then also in charge of security matters.
“I wanted to pay my respects because she was brave, I had two children, and his parents were there,” said Marquez.
I have added that the head of the local office of the federal prosecutor, Rosa Emilia Rodriguez Velez, and the second in command at the time, prosecutor Maria Dominguez, told him not to go to the funeral.
“Francisco (Reyes) understood the situation. He offered to help me and worked diligently to offer security, “he said.
The prosecutor said he saw the deterioration of Reyes Caparrós’ relationship with his superiors, from the “circle of friends” with offices on the 16th floor, to “falling out of favor” and stopping in a small office next to the elevators two floors below. .
Márquez stressed the controversial episode in which, in a meeting before a hundred people, the prosecutor Rodríguez Vélez referred in a recriminatory way to Reyes Caparrós as “who does not like anyone and nobody wants him”.
She said that after the incident, Reyes Caparrós asked her to talk and eventually she told him that she believed she had a basis to complain about labor discrimination, “and I warned her that she is preparing for what was coming.”
Márquez spoke again with Reyes Caparrós after other incidents, and suggested he continue with his complaint for discrimination, in which he would serve as a witness.
Both received warnings and Reyes Caparrós was transferred to another office.
It should be noted that the prosecutor Márquez currently has a case to be seen in a lawsuit in which she sued the local office of the federal prosecutor for a pattern of revenge and harassment at work.
Márquez won a lawsuit before the federal prosecutors for labor harassment, and as part of the resolution of that lawsuit a federal judge ordered that he be reinstated in his position.
In fact, Marquez’s testimony was repeatedly interrupted by Judge Joseph Laplante, who became exasperated while reiterating to the plaintiff’s attorney, Bamily López, that “this is the case of Mr. Reyes, not Mrs. Márquez.” , and underlined that terms had been agreed for the testimonies of Márquez and Nelson Pérez Sosa, a former appeals supervisor who also takes a case for discrimination against the federal prosecutor’s office and is expected to testify in this case.
In turn, the attorney for the federal prosecutor, Susan M. Poswistilo, tried to show that Márquez’s actions responded to the fact that she was a friend of Reyes Caparrós and wanted to promote complaints about discrimination against the office.
Márquez answered that they were not friends, but that he was a person known as a result of labor relations.
Before the testimony of Marquez, in his final statements the witness Jaqueline Novas, who is executive assistant to Rodriguez Velez, in response to questions from Lopez admitted that several documents showed that at least two prosecutors had not complied with providing Reyes Caparrós with information necessary for his work. of compiling statistics, which another supervisor, prosecutor José Capó, had described as deficient in his testimony days ago.
At the end of the day, María Domínguez sat down to testify, today retired but by then second in command of the federal prosecutor’s office.
Dominguez answered Lopez’s questions vaguely, claiming not to remember details.
However, when summarizing the subject of an FBI investigation in August 2013, with the intention of Reyes Caparrós to accept a trip with expenses paid to Russia, Domínguez admitted that he had not seen the invitation, although by then it was already of the investigation and had even talked about possible espionage.
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