The magistrate did not grant the request of Carlos Beraldi, defender of the vice president, and will continue the investigation.
Federal judge Sebastián Casanello refused to dismiss Vice President Cristina Kirchner, who is being investigated in the case known as the K money route for money laundering, in which businessman Lázaro Báez was already convicted, along with his children.
The magistrate did not grant a request from the lawyer Carlos Beraldi, defender of the vice president, and shared the opinion of the prosecutor Guillermo Marijuan to continue investigating her. For this reason, he rejected the proposal to be definitively dismissed.
The dismissal request had been endorsed by the Financial Information Unit (UIF). However, Casanello argued that it is not correct to “mutilate open lines of investigation.” “That is why I will insist and wait for your results,” the judge clarified in his response to the defendant.
Reasons not to close the case
Casanello recalled that a request for information collaboration with the United States linked to an episode that appears in the file is in process. Leonardo Fariña, also convicted in the case, stated that once Lázaro Báez told him to sneak the money away, since the vice president had scolded him. The judge wants to know what degree of knowledge Cristina Kirchner had about the activities of Lázaro Báez.
Another test measure that is pending is a telephone exchange between the then private secretaries that the then president had, between 2010 and 2013, the time of the events. The magistrate asked that the telephone lines report the cell phones assigned in the name of the then president during that period, and that the same be done to the Federal Intelligence Agency (AFI) on whether it designated lines for use by the then president.
At the same time, Casanello requested from the General Secretariat of the Presidency the lines assigned to the use of private secretaries among a list of names on which he requested information. Likewise, he requested that the wiretapping office, which depends on the Supreme Court of Justice, undertake the work with “the greatest urgency.”