After request for conviction, Kirchner continues without giving answers about involvement with businessman

Argentine authorities spoke out after the request by Argentine prosecutor Diego Luciani to condemn former president and current vice president of the country, Cristina Kirchner, to 12 years in prison and the impossibility of holding new public positions.

Kirchner criticized the Justice and the press through Twitter. “If there’s anything missing to confirm that I’m not before a court of the Constitution, but before a media-judicial firing squad, it’s preventing me from exercising my right of defense during interrogations,” he wrote.

President Alberto Fernández echoed her on social media. “Today is a very unpleasant day for someone, like me, who was raised in the family of a judge, was educated in the world of law and has taught Criminal Law for more than three decades. Once again I convey my deepest affection and solidarity to Vice -president”, published Fernández.

The Minister of Economy of Argentina, Sergio Massa, who in the first years of the Kirchnerist government said that he “would do anything to arrest the corrupt”, tweeted that ” it is absurd to say that the chief executive was responsible for each of her dependents.”

The Vialidad case

Cristina Kirchner has been on trial since May de 2019 in the Vialidad case, for the alleged crime of illicit association and fraudulent administration of public funds. In this case, possible irregularities in the concession of public works contracts in the province of Santa Cruz to companies owned by businessman Lázaro Báez during the governments of the late former president Néstor Kirchner ( 2003-2007) and his wife and successor, Cristina Kirchner (2007-2015).

It was possible to predict the request for conviction at a hearing earlier this month, when Luciani said that Néstor and Cristina Kirchner created an “authentic system of corruption”.

The prosecutor insisted in the first minutes of his argument in the role of Lázaro Báez, a businessman “created” to take over businesses and defraud the State. “From one day to the next, he went from being a bank employee to a civil construction entrepreneur (…). From one day to the next, the State, with the taxes that all citizens pay, entrusted him with 78, 4% of the road works in Santa Cruz”, Luciani pointed out.

Cristina Kirchner was also accused of hiring employees and managers, among them the Secretary of Public Works José López, to keep this machine of corruption “in a city 78 times smaller than Buenos Aires, but with higher funds”. Santa Cruz would have been chosen for being “the ideal place to carry out these maneuvers with impunity”.

No answers

Days after being elected vice president in 2019, Kirchner attended a hearing in the case. When the judges asked if she was available for questioning, Cristina replied, “Answer questions? Questions need to be asked of you.”

Three years later, faced with a much less In favor of her, the vice president and former president of Argentina remains unanswered about how Báez, a friend of Néstor Kirchner, became a public works contractor in Santa Cruz with a company he founded days before the beginning of the first Kirchnerist government. Nor does it explain what led the Kirchner family to do private business with him in hotel companies, while Báez won multimillion-dollar state tenders.

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