Interim Counsel Eduardo Casal sent a letter to President Alberto Fernández as a result of his statements against prosecutors who were charged in the public works trial and argued that he meant “an apparent disturbance in the exercise of their functions,
,These expressions not only undermine the independence and autonomy of this Public Prosecutor’s Office, but also undue interference in the processing of a procedure, the validity of which this institution must also ensure (Article 120 of the National Constitution), as well as with affects the republican principle of division and respect for powers”, says the letter signed by Cassel after meeting with prosecutors Diego Luciani and Sergio Molla.
Prosecutors Mola and Luciani were already strongly criticized by Christina Kirchner in her presentation to the Senate, but last night, while trying to defend the vice president, the president said “A Judicial and Media Harassment” and pointed to Luciani, who was in charge of the most powerful section of the charge. For the attorney, that allegation “This implies a clear disturbance in the practice of his works (Art. 63, sub. c, of Law 27148), which, in my opinion, is also aggravated by the derogatory references with which he has described his professional position. ”
The letter, of only two pages, ends diplomatically: “Considering that the due weight of the preceding ideas due to their high investment will contribute to the strengthening of the institutions that govern our lives in society, I would like to thank the President at my most distinguished congrats with thoughts “
Cassel took over as interim attorney general in October 2017 when he resigned as chief prosecutor Alejandra Giles Carbo. Last year, he was the target of harsh criticism and even condemnation by the ruling party. In this context, the government initiated a project to reform the law of the Public Ministry which was never approved.
In the program ‘A dos Vosas’ last night, the president also referred to the security of prosecutor Luciani and compared it to the case of Alberto Nisman. In that report Alberto Fernández said, “Nismann committed suicide, I hope Luciani will not do something like this.” The phrase produced immediate political impact, That included a statement from the Association of Prosecutors, a complaint from the Civic Coalition, and a response from other opposition figures such as the heads of government of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodriguez Laretta and Mauricio Macri.
Far from backing down, the president turned out this morning to confirm his statements. ,The question was not about prosecutors’ safety, the question was whether I feared the same thing would happen to prosecutors as what happened to Nisman. And since the question was specifically about Nissmann, I answered what I think is: Nissmann committed suicide and I see no reason for this to happen to the prosecutor.“, he picked up.
Prosecutors assigned to trial for public works have security reinforcements from the start of the charges. And then a new reinforcement took place before the publication of the newspaper Pageina 12 in Luciani’s house which prompted challenges against himself and against the two judges of the oral court.
The security of both prosecutors is in charge of the Federal Police. Sources in the attorney general said that in Luciani’s case, in addition to outpatient custody, there are staff at his doorstep.
“The attorney confirmed the institutional support that prosecutors had and the public prosecutor’s office as a whole,” one of the participants in the meeting told Medium.