The second semester, getting closer, would not bring good judicial news for Cristina Kirchner. The only oral trial in process is in its final stage and the court is working to reach a sentence in August. This is the case known as “Roads”, in which the then president is accused of directing public works to benefit Lazarus Baez.
Before that date, the Court has on its agenda to resolve the complaint resources raised by the vice during the process. There are a dozen incidents under analysis: refusal of different test measures, the request to carry out a broader expertise on infrastructure projects, a matter of jurisdiction, and “res judicata” as a result of fraud investigations against Lázaro in Santa Cruz, where justice responds to the K.
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In principle, none of these claims would have an echo in the Court to shake the case. That would imply validating the only file for corruption that really advanced in Justice against the Vice President, for which the most emblematic officials of her management are also prosecuted: Julio De Vido, Jose Lopez, and Carlos Santiago Kirchner.
The trial conducted by the Federal Oral Court 2 began in May 2019, so three years of processing have passed. The strategy of the vice president was a political defense, which had its milestone when from the bench he shouted to the three judges: “History will acquit me, and you will be condemned.”
Cristina Kirchner also made sure that the two founding members of the Front for All, in their capacity as former Cabinet chiefs, declared in her favor: Alberto Fernandez, already as President; Y Serge Massa, head of the Chamber of Deputies. She does not expect a favorable ruling, she said several times that the “lawfare court has the written sentence”. And that he doesn’t care.
Cristina Kirchner thinks about “her” 2023
She is doomed to build her 2023, in which no one doubts that the surname Kirchner will go on the ballot. In Peronism they take it for granted that she will be a candidate for senator for the province of Buenos Aires, which guarantees privileges. It is difficult to imagine an electoral result when the two most important coalitions are going through internal fights, beyond the fact that they swear not to break up. The best option for both spaces is to enable applicants for the primaries, and the key place is the Buenos Aires territory. That is why the Kirchnerist retreat in the province.
The judicial storm front for the outcome of “Road” is completed with another more sensitive investigation, since it covers their children. The vice president took an unprecedented victory in November of last year. The Federal Oral Court 5 dismissed the defendants for the family business of the Hotesur-Los Sauces cases without judging. That is to say: he considered them innocent without even seeing the evidence and hearing witnesses.
All eyes are on the Federal Court of Cassation, the highest criminal court in the country. Last Monday the prosecutor before that instance, mario villar, requested that the dismissals be revoked and that the oral trial be advanced. Three days later, Carlos Beraldi (“the professor”, as “the doctor” calls him) filed a brief on behalf of Cristina Kirchner, Max and Florence to close the case.
The judges Daniel Petrone, Diego Barroetavena y Ana Maria Figueroa They must now summon the parties for a hearing and then they are in a position to resolve.
“The dismissals are likely to be overturned”, says a judicial operator with access to different political spaces. It would be a setback for Cristina, although the definition could be accompanied by a cut of the investigated topics.
Cristina Kirchner, without real firepower over Justice
The Vice President knows how to read the stage, which is why she always takes up criticism of Justice in her speech. what you don’t haveunlike when he was in charge at the Casa Rosada, it’s real firepower. He activated through the Senate the discussion about changes in the composition and role of the Court. Eugenio Zaffaroni He suggested in the plenary of commissions that is carrying out the debate to expand the number of members to 24 and limit himself to the President through a decree so that the governors are the ones who elect a man and a woman to complete the boxes.
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These proposals do not make a dent in the Court because they do not see the possibility of concretion in Congress. What’s more, leaving aside its internal aspects for a while, Horacio Rosatti, Ricardo Lorenzetti, Juan Carlos Maqueda and Carlos Rosenkrantz agreed to raise the profile and give political prominence to the court. This is how the photo should be read in Rosario, epicenter of drug trafficking, where greater firmness was demanded to combat organized crime.
“The country is in a strong crisis and there is a weak government”, is the shared evaluation of the judges. They will not be the only signals from the Court, which has several high-impact economic, criminal and institutional rulings in the pipeline in the coming months. It will lower the intensity in 2023election year.
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