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Félix Crous changes the profile of the Anti-Corruption Office and benefits Cristina Kirchner


The OA was created by a decree by De la Rúa to be a plaintiff in corruption cases. This function should be eliminated by decree and not by resolution. But it seems that he does not want the government to pay that political cost, although it will have international consequences.

Daniel Santoro

10/20/2020 8:35 PM

  • Clarí

  • Politics

Updated 10/20/2020 9:52 PM

Felix Crous removed a key ability

of the

Anticorruption Office (OA)

that is in the decree of necessity and urgency (DNU) of its creation by former president Fernando De la Rúa, supported (in this) by Chacho Alvarez, from 1999: to participate in

"strategic litigation"

in which there is damage to the State

, to society from high-ranking officials.

The OA was one of the flags with which the Alliance won the 1999 elections to

activate the causes of corruption

against former president Carlos Menem and his officials who slept the sleep of the just in Comodoro Py.

Article 2, subsection E, of De la Rúa decree number 102 of 1992 says that the OA may "become a


in processes in which the State's assets are affected, within the scope of its competence."

So, if Crous - who ceased to depend on the Ministry of Justice and passed into the direct orbit of President Alberto Fernández - wishes to formally annul that power, he can do so but

with a presidential DNU, not with a simple resolution


It is a DNU, it is not the Public Ethics law.

But of course, the process through a DNU

would have a higher political cost


Not even Julio Vitobello, current secretary general of the Presidential and former head of the OA between 2008 and 2015, dared as much as Crous.

That De la Rúa decree, plus another extension, gave the OA

“concurrent powers”

to the national prosecutor's office for administrative investigations with the power to sue in defense of the State.

In parentheses, many judges and prosecutors

denied the OA legitimacy in corruption cases,

until the Court gave it to them in the ruling of the former head of the Casa de la Moneda, Armando Gostanián.

It is that an active and complainant OA


some judges and prosecutors, officials and businessmen - as happened in the management of Laura Alonso - who want to draw up causes to allow impunity for corruption and

that is the bottom of the Crous resolution.

Being a plaintiff means asking for evidence, pushing the case, requesting convictions, and more.

And for that

, OA

lawyers are needed

to write briefs and collaborate with prosecutors who, many times, are surpassed by armies of private lawyers paid by fortunes made with black money, in a vicious circle that is difficult to break.



directors, coordinators and lawyers hired to follow these causes and

now argues that the "personal lack"

to continue with this task, which, in many cases,

harms Vice President Cristina Kirchner.

Behind the Crous resolution

there are more than 100 former K officials prosecuted who feel the OA as a gadfly

and want these cases to be 16 years old again as they were before 2015 ...

But it is not just a problem of paying political costs and sincere the intention to change the profile and create, instead of the OA,

a simple Ethics office that only receives and controls the affidavits of assets


The problem that this decision will have also has

international consequences


The OA must also ensure that Argentina respects international public transparency agreements.

For this reason, in the supervisions of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) they have already begun to ask the national government about these commitments, attacks on Justice and other issues that are directly related to

their green light to recommend, or not, international investments.

Source: clarin

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