The images were recorded by a citizen who was passing through the area last Saturday and were reported to the Córdoba Police. The police began an investigation to locate the man seen in the images, who was in a mountainous region close to the city of Mina Clavero, at kilometer 21 of the Estrada dos Altos Cumres. The 50-year-old tourist, from the city of Rosario, in Santa Fe, said he was not aware of the restrictions on painting in the area and did not notice any signs prohibiting his actions.
Accompanied by the provincial police, he had to clean the stones until they were free of traces of paint.
In an interview with local media outlet Cadena 3, the chief commissioner and director of the Department of San Alberto, Jorge Funes, revealed that the offender expressed regret for what he did. “The Coexistence Code also addresses this in one of its articles, and for this reason, the Mina Clavero judicial authority granted him this benefit. In the company of the police, the individual went to the scene to repair the damage. However, this does not exempt you from possible other penalties,” he said.
Funes highlighted the age range of the offenders, between 50 and 65 years old, and mentioned the possibility of other sanctions with the participation of the Environmental Police, even after the damage has been repaired by the offender.
The sanction imposed on the Rosário tourist was based on article 68 of the Citizen Coexistence Code (Law No. 10,326), which deals with damage to public or private property. The article provides for up to five days of community work, financial fines and up to three days in prison for anyone who, without committing a crime against property, damages or affects property for public or private use. Thus, the sanction against the Rosario tourist involved repairing the damage caused.
With information from O Globo.