Two former ministers and a former undersecretary of María Eugenia Vidal will have to testify this week before the federal judge of La Plata, Ernesto Kreplak. They are charged in the case that investigates the filing of complaints against union leaders. Marcelo Villegas, former head of Labor; Roberto Gigante, former head of Infrastructure, and Adrián Grassi, former Undersecretary of Justice, will parade between Wednesday and Friday before the justice. Last week, the round of businessmen who participated in the table of the anti-union “Gestapo” in Bapro ended.
The six representatives of the construction chambers disclaimed responsibility in their statements. “The Ministry of Labor summoned us.” “I only knew Marcelo Villegas.” “We didn’t know that those who were sitting there were intelligence agents.” “They tried to script us.” “It was awkward.” “There were political appreciations.” “I am a victim” were some of the phrases they used to ignore the meeting at the Buenos Aires Province Bank headquarters, which was recorded in the video presented to the court by the head of the AFI, Cristina Caamaño.
For the former officials of former Governor María Eugenia Vidal, current national deputy of Together, it will be difficult for them to maintain that they did not know the AFI agents sitting at the same work table. Both Villegas and Grassi enter the AFI building during 2017 to meet with the former director of Counterintelligence, Diego Dalmau Pereyra, who participated in the meeting.
Villegas coincided with the former director of the AFI Gustavo Arribas at the Casa Rosada on May 4, 2017, one morning in which both arrived at the Government Palace three minutes apart and announced that they were going to the private secretary of then President Mauricio Macri . This newspaper was able to learn that the former president himself put Arribas in charge of the operation.
After ten days of silence, Vidal said that it had been “an institutional work meeting” recorded on the video and that the AFI would have to explain what three of its agents were doing in the meeting, ignoring the fact that the intelligence center depended on Macri. As the investigation progressed, employees of Banco Provincia who testified before the Justice explained that this room had been managed directly at the request of the government. Judge Kreplak left the former spies at the end of the investigations. With the information collected he will then decide if he advances towards the political leaders.