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Cristina's counterattack in court: closed one case, stopped others, displaced judges and appointed officials

2021-08-01T00:19:39.864Z

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Lucia Salinas

07/27/2021 11:33 AM

  • Clarín.com

  • Politics

Updated 07/27/2021 12:49 PM

The judicial scenario that she faces is not the one intended at this point by the Alberto Fernández government, however, Cristina Kirchner managed to advance some key boxes to achieve her goal:

that all the causes of corruption against her be annulled.

The board on which she moved pieces is much broader: she

imposed a Minister of Justice, from Congress she displaced judges

and managed to appoint a former lawyer for her as a chambermaid; it did not allow the Attorney General elected by the president to take over, it

recovered the management of its companies and hotels that had been seized

, and it was even able to delay the testimonial statements of the president and Sergio Massa in the only trial that is underway.

Since Alberto Fernández arrived at Casa Rosada, his running mate's progress on key areas related to federal justice was significant. His speech in all these months did not vary: Cristina accuses Comodoro Py magistrates and prosecutors responsible for the corruption cases of having "armed without legal support" those files, and continues to insist with her theory of

lawfare

:

a "fierce persecution" of which she claims to be a victim

, initiated by the government of Mauricio Macri and whose executing arm was the federal justice.

Under that umbrella, the vice president was making decisions directly focused on

attacking the eight causes of corruption that weighed on her

, and has already obtained the annulment in one of them: after a turbulent hearing, the Chamber of Cassation closed the case for the alleged operations with the future dollar and dismissed Cristina.

That same end seeks for the investigation that began with the complaint of the late prosecutor Alberto Nisman, where he accused her of aggravated cover-up of the AMIA attack by signing the Pact with Iran. In an unprecedented hearing before the Federal Oral Court 8, which has to do the oral trial,

Cristina Kirchner defended herself and asked for her dismissal

. His speech was political, with criticism of justice and again referred to his theory of

lawfare.

There are other factors.

The Anti-Corruption Office (OA), which was the complainant in all these cases and as such, the accusing party for the trials,

withdrew from all the corruption cases

that involved former Kirchner officials.

This implies that both when the oral trials begin and in the allegations stage, there will not be a proposal from said body, nor

will there be orders for conviction on their part

.

The same happened with the AFIP

, which dropped some accusations.

The vice president's obsession with her judicial front is an obvious condition for the Alberto Fernández government.

One of the strongest signs in this regard was the change of Minister of Justice, led by Marcela Losardo and now headed by Martín Soria.

A year and a half after her return to power, Cristina Kirchner managed to get the Cassation Chamber to nullify

 the orders for preventive prisons that weighed on her

, which were more than five.

Although there are still seven cases brought to trial and a file with the oral debate in full swing, he also gained an advantage there.

Both Alberto Fernández and Sergio Massa and other former chief of staff, like Carlos Zannini, were to be summoned to testimony in the trial for the alleged directing of public works in favor of Lázaro Báez.

An order from Cristina's lawyer managed to postpone that summons until next year,

preventing Alberto Fernández from going through the courts of Comodoro Py in the middle of the election year.

In the Retiro courts, and after four years of judicial intervention, the vice president also

managed to regain the management of her hotels, companies and properties

, still suspected of being used in money laundering operations. Since the beginning of July, Cristina and her children Máximo and Florencia once again had control of everything that had a judicial administrator. 

Within Congress he also made it clear who manages to impose his majority.

Last year, she displaced three judges

who intervened in cases that had her as the main defendant, and the Council of the Magistracy advanced at an accelerated pace in competitions that led to the appointment of

Roberto Boico

, Cristina Kirchner's former lawyer, as Buenos Aires federal chambermaid In other words, a member of the court that reviews the decisions of investigating judges in corruption cases.

Against this background, and from the Congress he also

presses to change the law of the Public Ministry

and displace the attorney general

Eduardo Casal,

who occupies the position on an interim basis. Despite the fact that the president chose Judge Daniel Rafecas as a candidate for that position, the vice president rejected such nomination and is promoting a comprehensive reform to modify the requirements through which the chief prosecutor assumes. The concatenated data is not minor: the country is moving towards the accusatory system where prosecutors have a greater role in the investigations.

Cristina Kirchner's advance from Congress, from the government itself and from within Comodoro Py, is remarkable. But even so, the results are not as expected: there

are

still

seven corruption cases that have her as the main defendant

and in two of the files, her children were also prosecuted and sent to oral trial. 

Source: clarin

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