BUENOS AIRES ( Associated Press) – Argentine President Alberto Fernandez announced Monday that he has instructed his government to take criminal action against a group of judges, prosecutors, politicians and businessmen who took part in an impromptu trip to the country’s south. allegedly spent. Corrupt practices.
The president, a Peronist who has been in power since late 2019, in his message broadcast on television channels pointed to a group of people who reportedly flew on a private plane to visit the luxurious home of a British businessman. shared a journey.
Argentina’s president turned ugly, saying “everything indicates that some judges, prosecutors, former officials and businessmen have exposed once again the decline of institutional quality.” “They are all involved in a perverse game of bribery which seriously affects the proper functioning of the State and in particular the administration of justice,” the President condemned.
Fernández said he pledged to instruct the Justice Ministry to instruct the prosecutor’s office to “conduct a criminal investigation of the facts related to the trip in question, in particular those related to its financing”.
The president insisted that the manner in which “certain corporations” employed officials, judges and prosecutors became apparent, “seeking favors from them, who in many cases seek undue benefits”, more about his skepticism. without giving details.
Fernández referred to a publication by a Buenos Aires newspaper about a trip the group in question had made to Lago Escondido, where, according to what he said, “they would have spent a weekend at a mansion belonging to a British Joe Lewis”. Businessman in Patagonia who owns large tracts of land.
In this list of officials, indicated by the press, is the federal judge Julian Ercolini, who investigated the case that prosecuted Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner as the main defendant for alleged acts of corruption. During his presidency between 2007 and 2015.
Fernandez’s claim came a day before the federal court that is carrying out the process against the Vice President Announce your decision. Fernandez will learn on Tuesday of his resolution to prosecutors’ charges of favoring a concerned businessman with more than 50 public works to the detriment of the state exchequer. The Peronist leader could face up to 12 years in prison.
In addition, the list of passengers questioned about the trip includes three other magistrates, the chief prosecutor of the city of Buenos Aires—where the opposition rules—, the capital’s security minister, a former intelligence agent and the director of Grupo Clarin, the media company. On whom the government repeatedly accuses of defaming.
Press outlets spread purported conversations via digital messaging platforms of those who shared the trip in which its participants may have analyzed how to hide certain aspects of it and how to answer questions from journalists. Those involved have not publicly responded to the allegations against them.
Fernandez is very critical of the judiciary and believes that some judges work in collusion with opposition leaders such as former President Mauricio Macri (2015–2019) to harm the government. Opponents denied these allegations and blamed the Peronist administration for numerous acts of corruption.