This Monday began the arguments of the defense of Cristina Kirchner on the Cause roadwhere the former president faces a request from prosecutors for 12 years in prison and lifelong disqualification from holding public office. Alberto Beraldione of the vice president’s lawyers, began his final statement in front of Federal Oral Court No. 2 (TOF2) and remarked that “it was proven” that the accusation is “false and unfounded”.
before the judges Jorge Gorini, Andres Basso, and Rodrigo Gimenez Uriburu, the vice president’s defense attorney stressed that “the truth always triumphs and that is what happened in this trial” because “it was demonstrated” that the accusation “lacked credibility” and was “false and unfounded.” And he added: “We do not lower our arms at any time.”
In addition, Beraldi highlighted in his presentation that “since the beginning of this process and as happened with the rest of the causes that were formed, The decision of Dr. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and our professional advice was always that we should present ourselves in all the files» because the objective was «to demonstrate with all the legal instruments that exist that the charges were false and to await the moment in which the evidence collected in a trial would demonstrate exactly what we have affirmed».
The final argument of the defense will last three days and it is expected that on the last day, next Friday, Cristina speaks before the TOF2 magistrates. federal prosecutors Diego Luciani and Sergio Mola made the request for conviction against the vice president along with 12 other defendants for alleged crimes with public works in Santa Cruz between 2003 and 2015.
Consequently, Beraldi demanded acquittal for his client. «In this task that was very arduous and that began six years ago, we did not lower our arms at any time. Even when we had to put up with various unusual arbitrariness who have no precedents in our country nor, I think, in the world». And he exemplified that the former president was summoned “on the same day to give eight investigative statements” when the late federal judge Claudio Bonadio He made that decision at the time.
In the same vein, last week the defenses of the former Minister of Federal Planning, July of Vidoand the former Undersecretary of Public Works, Abel Fatala, demanded acquittals for non-existence of crime. Beraldi developed his defense on the basis that the facts that are investigated in this trial have already been tried in Santa Cruz to correspond to that jurisdiction. “We never lower our arms because we know, everyone knows, that the truth always triumphs and that is what happened in this trial,” Beraldi said. And he assured that after almost three years of oral debate, “it was proven” that the accusations “lacked credibility” despite which during nine days of arguments the prosecution “repeated the same accusations” and acted “as if the trial had not existed”.
Beraldi also indicated that on one occasion he was removed from a search by “direct order of the magistrate” and, with that action, “all the guarantees that directly relate to the inviolability of the home and the right to defense” were violated. The lawyer also warned that “the irregularities were not only aimed at Dr. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner or this defense, but even, exceeding all limits, they were directed towards her family, specifically towards his daughter who, as we all know, never developed any political activity, but that was not an obstacle for her to be stigmatized, to attack her and to break her health«.