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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Argentina’s Vice President’s Defense Petition Begins Today

Argentina's Vice President's Defense Petition Begins Today - Escambray

For Friday, Fernandez is expected to defend himself before the Federal Oral Court

On 22 August, prosecutor Diego Luciani requested a prison sentence of 12 years for the vice president and his permanent disqualification from holding public office. (Photo: PL)

Local media reported that Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez’s lawyer will begin the presentation of his defense plea in the so-called road cause from today and reiterate the absence of evidence against him.

Senate Chief Carlos Alberto Beraldi and representatives of Ariel Lernovoy, according to the newspaper Pagina 12, would begin their presentations at 08:00 local time, and said the process would last all day on Monday and Tuesday morning.

For Friday, Fernandez is expected to defend himself before Federal Oral Court 2.

On 22 August, prosecutor Diego Luciani requested a 12-year prison sentence for the vice president and his permanent disqualification from holding public office for alleged irregularities in the award of 51 public works in Santa Cruz province between 2003 and 2015.

The former head of state condemned the lack of evidence and breaches in the process, for which he requested an extension of his statement of investigation, but the court rejected his request.

Faced with that decision, Fernandez decided to present his arguments in a live broadcast from his office in the Senate.

He said that over the years the punishment has been written because there is a justice system that allows all the rules to be violated.

The former president detailed the procedure against him and recalled that in 2015 a Santa Cruz court dismissed the case for corruption or lack of any other offence.

Similarly, it demonstrated the relationship between judges, prosecutors, businessmen, officials and former President Mauricio Macri (2015-2019).

A fierce political and media campaign ensued. He said that those works which were not done, they were charged. Newspapers such as Clarins and La Nacion published work on alleged overpriced pricing and figures that no one knew where they came from. They started a test based on a fantasy, he said.

Whatever he said was not proved. Moreover, it was found that everything was completely reversed and we can see this from the testimony of over 100 witnesses called by the Public Ministry, he said.

On the other hand, he confirmed that, during previous years, extortion, espionage, harassment of union leaders and manipulation promoted by Macrismo, had appeared.

Latin America no longer has military forces, but a judicial one. Laws in Ecuador, Bolivia and Brazil are meant to displace, stigmatize and overthrow popular governments. In Argentina, they go a step further and protect those who actually steal into the country, he said.

They also stated that the term they are seeking in prison is the 12-year mandate of Nestor Kirchner and his (2003–2015) “best of Argentina’s governments in recent decades.”

So they are going to stigmatize and condemn me, but if I was born 20 times I will do the same thing 20 times. I am deeply concerned that they are trying to discipline the political leadership so that no one is encouraged to do so.

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