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Tue May 21, 2019, 09:10 PM

As Argentina's Macri senses defeat, charges against opponents revived

Former Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner appeared in court today to face charges related to alleged cost overruns in public works contracts during her 2007-15 administration.

The charges, one of at least eight facing the center-left former president, come as the 2019 presidential campaign season in Argentina gets underway.

Kirchner, 66, is currently a running mate for Peronist candidate Alberto Fernández - whom polls show defeating right-wing President Mauricio Macri by 11% amid a debt crisis and the most severe recession since the 2001-02 collapse.

Earlier today, three days after the Fernández-Kirchner ticket was announced, Mariana Zuvic of the pro-Macri Civic Coalition announced that she intends to file an unspecified complaint against Fernández in relation to the case - though he has never been named in any of the charges pressed against Kirchner.

Zuvic and two fellow Civic Coalition lawmakers have been implicated in the recent Extortiongate scandal - a federal case involving Argentina's Federal Intelligence, millions in ransom payments and false testimony coerced against political opponents.

Road to nowhere

The Vialidad ('Roads') case does not involve federal contracts; but instead those granted in remote Santa Cruz Province to Austral Construcciones, whose former CEO, Lázaro Báez, is a family friend of the Kirchners and has been the focus of intense media coverage.

Báez was jailed on money laundering charges in 2016, and following Macri's rescission of numerous Austral contracts by decree the firm declared bankruptcy in 2017.

The 'roads' case has been impugned by Mrs. Kirchner's defense as legally void not only because she was never governor of Santa Cruz; but also because of the 51 Austral contracts the courts ordered prosecutors to examine, only five were - and all five are incomplete.

Prosecutors have stated that their report on the five contracts, will be ready "sometime in June to September." The first round of presidential elections will be on August 11, and the second, on October 27.

The prosecution is led by Anti-Corruption Office head Laura Alonso - a pro-Macri hard-liner who once confessed "being in love" with the president; but who lacks a law degree as required by the office.

Critics of the Macri administration have pointed to the 'roads' charges as the latest in a series of lawfare attacks carried out against opposition figures for political purposes - particularly against Kirchner, whom Macri sees as his principal obstacle to re-election.

Defense attorneys, who were not allowed to speak in today's trial, have also impugned the case for double jeopardy:

The public works contracts granted to Austral had already been investigated in federal courts in 2011 and 2015, by Santa Cruz courts in 2012-13, and in 2016 (after Macri took office) by the National Highway Bureau. None found irregularities.

At: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&tab=wT&sl=auto&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.eldestapeweb.com%2Fjuicio-cristina-kirchner%2Fjuicio-cristina-kirchner-que-se-trata-la-causa-que-impulsa-comodoro-py-medio-la-campana-n60250



Former Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner during today's trial.

Decade-old charges alleging road construction cost overruns in her home province, which have been found without merit on at least four occasions and for which no evidence has emerged, were recently revived by the Macri administration ahead of elections this October.

Recent polls show the center-left Alberto Fernández-Cristina Kirchner ticket defeating Macri by 11%.

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Judi Lynn May 22 #1

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Wed May 22, 2019, 05:11 AM

1. People all over the world will be rooting for Cristina




Mariana Zuvic



Mariana Zuvic with Patricia Bullrich, yet.

Looking for photos of Mariana Zuvic, I found this photo of that preposterous woman, Elisa Carrió with her, accompanying this article I can't really understand, even in English, but it looks as if they have timed their attack on Alberto Fernández to coincide with the bogus trial everyone knows is completely invented against Cristina:



Mariana Zuvic and Elisa Carrió


Google translate:

May 21, 2019 ˇ Updated 11 hours ago
Let's change accuses Alberto Fernández before the Justice
If you are a candidate, you will not be deprived of reporting it
The Civic Coalition announced that it will file a judicial complaint against Fernández, days after his candidacy for president was confirmed. For the opposition it is a new chapter of political persecution.

The years passed and he did not receive any denunciation, but it was enough that his candidacy for president was announced so that Alberto Fernández would be denounced before the Justice for Change. Within the framework of the start of the first oral trial involving Cristina Kirchner, Alberto Fernández's running mate, the Civic Coalition announced that it will make a judicial presentation against the presidential candidate as supposed organizer of an illicit association. From the opposition they retorted that it is a new chapter of the political persecution that since 2015 Cambiemos has been exercising against its rivals and those who think differently.

The force of Elisa Carrió made the announcement of the denunciation against Fernandez while her legislators and leaders appear involved in the scandal of illegal espionage and armed of causes in detriment of politicians, businessmen and officials that is investigated in Dolores, with the false lawyer Marcelo D 'Alessio as one of the main defendants.

The years passed and he did not receive any denunciation, but it was enough that his candidacy for president was announced so that Alberto Fernández would be denounced before the Justice for Change. Within the framework of the start of the first oral trial involving Cristina Kirchner, Alberto Fernández's running mate, the Civic Coalition announced that it will make a judicial presentation against the presidential candidate as supposed organizer of an illicit association. From the opposition they retorted that it is a new chapter of the political persecution that since 2015 Cambiemos has been exercising against its rivals and those who think differently.

"Everything is so obvious that it is clear that they only seek to attack and persecute opposition leaders, and despair puts them in evidence," said Deputy Agustín Rossi of FpV. "Four days after CFK announced the presidential candidacy of Alberto Fernández, they define a denunciation to him, they are very obvious," added Itai Hagman, a member of the Frente Patria Grande. Deputy Eduardo "Wado" de Pedro pointed out: "A confession on the part of relieving evidence, it is not justice, it is political persecution of the Government in the middle of the campaign."

https://www.pagina12.com.ar/195342-si-es-candidato-no-se-van-a-privar-de-denunciarlo


Thank you for the new information on some very nasty, vicious, dishonorable attacks on the former President. If they want to remove the principal obstacle to re-election, they have no further to look than Macri. I genuinely hope there won't be any citizens stupid enough to fall for these contrived assaults upon Cristina, whom they know served them very well, and would do far, far better than Macri, which they've already seen for themselves.

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