The federal prosecutor Franco Picardi imputed to former president Mauricio Macri as allegedly responsible for the assembly of a “systematic plan” of illegal espionage during his government that he would have had among the victims people in whom he had a personal interest such as his main opponent, the then senator Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, and her sister Florencia Macri.
He did it to the rto request an oral and public hearing of the case investigating the alleged illegal espionage carried out in 2018 on the home of the current vice president and the Instituto Patria, for which they are prosecuted Gustavo Arribas and Silvia Majdalani, former heads of the Federal Intelligence Agency (AFI) during the government of Cambiemos.
The prosecutor presented an opinion of more than 200 pages to the federal judge Marcelo Martínez de Giorgi in which he maintained that in his opinion the investigation into the participation of Arribas, Majdalani and two other people from the AFI in the events under investigation is concluded, for which postulated his elevation to trial and at the same time asked to advance with the investigation of the possible responsibility of Macri, among others.
“The maneuvers revealed in this case have not been exceptional or isolated; rather, they are part of a set of many other criminal cases -several of which are filed before the Court in charge of them for reasons of connection- whose objects are limited to the investigation of intelligence actions deployed” by AFI agents between 2016 and 2019, the prosecutor said.
“What they have in common, a priori, is the suspicion of intervention of the highest authorities of the Agency, within the framework of the planning, coordination and execution of tasks prohibited by law 25,520, with points of contact that refer to the victims or targets of such illegal intelligence actions,” Picardi said.
In this context, he pointed out cases of alleged espionage in which the former president could have a personal interest, such as those that had as a victim his then main opponent, Senator Fernández de Kirchner; or those who had her sister Florencia Macri and her partner Salvatore Pice as spies or the journalist of the newspaper La Nación Hugo Alconada Mon. In the case of Alconada Mon, the journalist himself, mentioned that the alleged espionage tasks that had him as a victim occurred when he was investigating Macri’s brother, Gianfranco, for the case known as the Panama Papers, and his cousin Ángel Calcaterra, for the cause of the burial of the Sarmiento train. .
On the other hand, when referring to the request to bring to trial the case for espionage at the home of the Vice President and at the Patria Institute building – the political headquarters of Kirchnerism -, the prosecutor maintained that there are no longer pending measures of evidence in relation to Arribas. , Majdalani, the head of Special Operations of the Counterintelligence Operational Directorate Alan Ruiz, and the head of that directorate, Martín Coste.