woman she had rescued taught her to be strong.
"She told me not to let them see me cry, because these shameless people who had my daughter would laugh at me, and at my pain,'' Trimarco recalled. "Since then I don't cry anymore. I've made myself strong, and when I feel that a tear might drop, I remember these words.''
The defendants, who were all accused of participating in organized crime in Argentina's provinces, told the judges as the trial wrapped up that they were the victims of a politically charged process.
Maria Jesus Rivero, owner of the car service allegedly used to kidnap Veron, told the judges he had already been effectively convicted by Argentine Security Minister Nilda Garre, who had asked the judges to set an example by convicting them all.
"There isn't a single piece of evidence that links me to the people accused here, just the declarations of liars. Marita isn't here, and we don't have anything to do with this,'' Rivero said.