Colombian model Angie Sanclemente Valencia (31 years) was sentenced Wednesday to six years in Argentina justice and eight months in prison for attempting to smuggle cocaine to Europe, but her lawyer said before the press conference that they will appeal to a higher court.
The lawyer for the former Queen of Café de Colombia, Germain Delgado, questioned the decision of the Regional Criminal Court 3 of the Economic capital of Argentina and recalled that he had asked his client’s acquittal, told the television.
“There was no evidence for a conviction and I had asked for dismissal given that she had no criminal record,” said the lawyer and they will appeal to a higher court.
The sentence was requested by the prosecutor Sandra Benavente, who had requested a sentence of five years in prison for the attempted Sanclemente smuggling 55 kilos of cocaine to Europe via Mexico, in late 2009.
The models boyfriend Nicolas Gualco, was also sentenced to six years and eight months in prison, while the Venezuelan Gustavo Paez harnesses, six years and two months in prison, according to the Judicial Information Center.
Angie Sanclemente Valencia, known by the alias “Diamond” and “Pepo“, was arrested on May 26, 2010 in a hostel in Buenos Aires after spending five months a fugitive, suspected of being the link between Mexican drug traffickers and Argentina network of the band.
The case began in December 2009 when a woman trying to board a flight to Mexico with 55 kilos of cocaine in two suitcases was arrested at Ezeiza International Airport (southern outskirts of Buenos Aires).
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