Presidents of the LATAM support Cristina Kirchner
The presidents of Colombia, Mexico, Bolivia and Argentina described the recent accusations against the Argentine vice president as "judicial persecution."
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In a statement released by the President of Argentina, four heads of state in Latin America expressed their "absolute rejection of the unjustifiable judicial persecution he has been suffering."
On Monday, Aug. 22, Diego Luciani asked for a 12-year prison sentence for alleged corruption when she governed Argentina between 2007 and 2015.
According to Argentine President Alberto Fernández, Colombia's Gustavo Petro, Mexico's Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Bolivia's Luis Arce, this "persecution is aimed at removing Cristina Fernández de Kirchner from public, political and electoral life, as well as burying the values and ideals she represents, with the ultimate goal of implementing a neoliberal model."
"The harassment of the Argentine vice president is carried out by means of pointing fingers at her political adversaries, journalistic headlines and judicial irregularities that violate due process and legal guarantees," reads the press release.
The presidents pointed out that in recent years "the judiciary has opened numerous cases" against Cristina Fernández, "many of which have had to be shelved in the absence of any solid evidence," while in other cases are still open "the bad procedural practices aimed at eliminating Fernández de Kirchner from political life are evident."
They pointed out that, among those investigations is "causa vialidad," due to the fact that the vice-president is subject to an oral trial since May 2019 for alleged irregularities in the awarding of road works.
On Monday, in his closing argument, Luciani, asked the court, in addition to sentencing the vice president to 12 years in prison, to disqualify her for life from holding public office.
In addition, the prosecutor considers that it is proven that Cristina was "head" of an illicit association that caused a million-dollar economic damage to the State.
For her part, Fernández said that there is no evidence to prove such accusations when she made a public appearance on Tuesday, Aug. 23. It came after the court denied her the possibility of making her views public.