In a week marked by a new anniversary of the last coupthe commission of Political trial of the Chamber of Deputies advances with the accusation against the four judges of the Supreme Court. The complaint dealt with this Tuesday has to do with the ruling of the highest court on the Muiña case which, in 2017, awarded him the benefit of 2 for 1 to the convicted civil repressor Luis Muiña.
Another hot spot of the day was the foul of the former Cambiemos officials. The former head of advisors and current PRO senator were summoned as witnesses and did not appear Jose Torello, former justice minister German Garavano, former Secretary of Justice santiago otamendiand the former adviser and judicial operator of Mauricio Macri, Fabián “Pepín” Rodríguez Simónwho is fugitive in Uruguay.
For his part, garavano notified the committee that he already had other activities planned for that day and that for that reason he could not attend, although announced that he would be present next week. “When they notify me, I will surely request that a new hearing be set. Beyond the misuse that is being given to this instrument (of impeachment), it corresponds in my case that I am an ordinary lawyer, who exercises private practice and I don’t have any public office, present myself as any citizen,” he said in radio statements.
Meanwhile, Torello explained that he does not attend because he cannot be a witness in a case that he could be a judge. In case of advancing in Deputies (something difficult to happen at least this year) with the instruction, the upper house would be responsible for the trial.
“The Chamber of Deputies lacks competence to summon me to be questioned because of my status as a senator of the Nation, for which I let the president know (Carolina Gaillard) that I do not endorse or admit any interrogation that undermines the immunity that protects the function that I perform by popular mandate,” the senator explained in a letter.
This deserved the response of the ruling party. The first to pick up the glove was the head of the block German Martinez. He maintained that Torello “is a senator of the Nation, who has to tell the truth and oppose the hypothetical privileges”. Thus it was that he stressed that “this is a political trial, not a criminal one.”
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In turn, the deputy Rodolfo Tailhade of the Front of All He pointed out: “Here we must apply the doctrine promoted by the PRO legislator, Pablo Tonelli, when explaining that it consists of asking the Senate ‘to waive immunity’: a momentary suspension of functional immunity.”
With Rodríguez Simón the scenario is a little more complicated. Macri’s former legal adviser has an arrest warrant in Argentina that is not fulfilled because it is not in the national territory. In this scenario, “Pepín” communicated with the commission through a letter where he raised his particular situation for which he is in Uruguay and in which he stated that “he does not have nothing to contribute to the cause“.
Despite this, the day was carried out with the declarations of the victims of Muiña in what became known as “la Patota del Posadas”. Gladys Cuervo and Zulema Chestervictims of the repression at the Posadas Hospital during the last military dictatorship, gave their testimony.
The opposition listened carefully and when they left, the deputies Alexander Finocchiaro (PRO) and Juan Manuel Lopez (Civic Coalition) They maintained that “it was forced to bring those witnesses, who could not account for whether the Supreme Court had performed well or badly.”
“I thought that she could have been summoned because it was part of the file in which the Court ruled in this case,” said the head of the UCR bloc, Mario Negri, in the commission. Was there a reason in the summons tied to the ruling? he wondered.
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