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Exclusive: The Federal Penitentiary Service will pass from the Ministry of Justice to the orbit of Patricia Bullrich

2023-12-09T23:07:23.477Z

Highlights: The Federal Penitentiary Service will pass from the Ministry of Justice to the orbit of Patricia Bullrich. Bullrich will have under her orbit all the federal prison guards in the country, plus the members of the Federal Police, the National Gendarmerie, the Prefecture and the Airport Security Police. The SPF, with some 15,<> troops, is in crisis due to the increase in the population of federal prisons. "The drug lords are working from home from prisons," Rosario Mayor Pablo Javkin said ironically.


Thus, the future security minister will have control of the largest number of federal police forces since 1983. It already had the Federal Police, the Gendarmerie, the Prefecture and the Airport Security Police. The designated Minister of Justice, Mariano Cúneo Libarona, was satisfied with the measure.


For the first time since 1983, the Federal Penitentiary Service (SPF) will move from the orbit of the Ministry of Justice, headed by Mariano Cúneo Libarona, to the Ministry of Security, headed by Patricia Bullrich, among other fundamental changes in the area.

In this way, Bullrich will have under his orbit all the federal prison guards in the country, plus the members of the Federal Police, the National Gendarmerie, the Prefecture and the Airport Security Police (PSA). In other words, the largest number of federal police forces will be concentrated in one ministry since the return of democracy.

Sources from La Libertad Avanza (LLA) also revealed to Clarín that Cuneo "is satisfied" with President Javier Milei's decision because he takes a police task out of his portfolio in order to be able to devote more effort to the areas of Justice.

The SPF, with some 15,<> troops, is in crisis due to the increase in the population of federal prisons and especially since almost two years ago when outgoing President Alberto Fernández intervened through the former judge and founder of Legitimate Justice, María Laura Garrigós.

In 2020, one of Garrrigós' first measures was to dissolve the Intelligence Directorate of the Federal Penitentiary Service (SPF) with the excuse of "illegal espionage" and "illegal wiretapping" of the "political prisoners K" who participated in Operation Puf against the cause of the Notebooks of Bribes. At the same time, a criminal case was opened against the former SPF authorities of the government of Mauricio Macri.

In this way, he blinded the authorities of the agency for the control not only of those imprisoned for drug trafficking, but also prison guards who were denounced this week of collusion with drug traffickers by the head of the Narcocriminality Prosecutor's Office (PROCUNAR), Diego Iglesias.

But in the middle of the year, federal judge Marcelo Martínez de Giorgi dismissed the charges against former SPF agents and officials who were being investigated for alleged illegal espionage in the Ezeiza prison, where former Kirchner officials such as Julio de Vido and Amado Boudou, among others, were detained. The beneficiaries of Martínez de Giorgi's ruling were the former head of the SPF during the government of Mauricio Macri, Emiliano Blanco; the former head of the Federal Penitentiary Service's Main Directorate of Information Analysis, Cristina Suriano, and a group of agents of different hierarchies who worked below them.

Meanwhile, the head of PROCUNAR and other prosecutors specializing in the fight against drug traffickers called for the reinstatement of the SPF's intelligence directorate as a way of trying to mitigate the attacks that the drug traffickers order from prisons. "The drug lords are working from home from prisons," Rosario Mayor Pablo Javkin said ironically.

Without the responsibility of the SPF on his shoulders, Cuneo gathered his Justice team on Thursday. Among them, Sebastian Amerio who will be his deputy and Diego Guerendiain who will occupy the chief of staff and, in turn, would be the government's representative before the Council of the Magistracy of the Nation.

The team will also have Martín Casares as a key adviser who already worked in the administration of Macri's former Minister of Justice, German Garavano, and is one of those who knows the portfolio best. Casares will also be in charge of how to speed up the implementation of the new Code of Criminal Procedure that delegates the investigation of cases to the prosecutors of Salta and Jujuy to the entire country, in the fastest possible timeframe.

In the Anti-Corruption Office, the former secretary of a criminal court, Alejandro Melik, would be appointed, after the attempt by the opposition to raise a list of three candidates failed. And to the General Inspectorate of Justice, replacing the controversial and ultra-K Ricardo Nissen, will go "a prominent notary," the sources revealed.

As for the secretary of Human Rights, Cuneo already has an elected candidate but does not want to reveal the name because of the resistance of the outgoing secretary Horacio Pietragalla who "began to organize, seeking the support of the unions" marches and strikes.

There are also the names of the directors to lead the Financial Information Unit (UIF), for the same reason their names will not be released. As for the National Institute of Indigenous Affairs (INAI), there is discussion of how to reduce the number of personnel it has. In general, Kirchnerism appointed dozens of militants as hired or transferred them to a permanent staff within the Secretariat of Human Rights.

Cuneo was unable to meet with outgoing minister Carlos Soria, deputy minister and former number two of the Federal Intelligence Agency (AFI) Juan Martin Mena and Pietragalla because of "the fights between them," the sources said.

Due to the measures he is studying, Cuneo Libarona held a series of meetings with entities of the judicial sector before taking office. He first met with the members of the Supreme Court of Justice, with the Executive Committee of the Association of Magistrates and Officials of the National Justice (AMFJN). In addition to Marcelo Gallo Tagle, current head of the AMFJN, the meeting was attended by the president-elect of that institution, Andrés Basso; the current vice-president, Mariano Llorens, and the vice-president-elect, María Elena López.

The current Board of Directors also intervened, made up of Fernanda López Puleio (Vice President for the Defense Sector), Agustín Dávila Marks (Vice President for the Civil Servants Sector), Marcelo Peluzzi, and Jimena Monsalve (Secretary and Deputy Secretary General), Leandro Gómez Constenla and Maximiliano Callizo (Treasurer and Treasurer) and Paula Castro.

On the other hand, the Association of Prosecutors and Officials of the Public Prosecutor's Office of the Nation (Affun) made its end-of-year toast at an event in which Cúneo Libarona participated, and in which they called for the implementation, throughout the country, of the accusatory system, which gives greater prominence to prosecutors.

"The wish is that next year the political decision will be taken to extend the full validity of the Federal Criminal Procedure Code in other jurisdictions," said the head of the Association, Salta prosecutor Ricardo Toranzos, in his speech, who recalled that this system has already been tested in Salta and Jujuy.

With the accusatory system, "prosecutors assume, exclusively, the responsibility for criminal prosecution, with the commitment to develop work processes and efficient capacities for investigation and litigation," Toranzos elaborated.

One of the questions that was repeated among the attendees was who will be the next chief prosecutor, a position held on an interim basis by the prosecutor before the Supreme Court of Justice, Eduardo Casal, whom Vice President Cristina Kirchner failed in her attempts to dismiss. Casal has held that position since 2017: he succeeded Alejandra Gils Carbó and remained in that position during the presidencies of Mauricio Macri and Alberto Fernández, who failed to achieve parliamentary endorsement for their candidates.

One of the names that has been floated is the president of the Chamber of Crime, Marcelo Julio Lucini, but this candidate will have to achieve the support of two-thirds of the Senate, where Cristina continues to maintain influence.

Source: clarin

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