The Court rejected proposals by Cristina Kirchner in the trial for public works

The Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation rejected on Tuesday all the proposals of the Vice President of the Nation, Cristina Kirchner, in the oral trial for the public work, in which she is accused of being the head of an illicit association.

The decision was adopted unanimously by the four judges of the highest court -Horacio Rosatti, Carlos Rosenkrantz, Juan Carlos Maqueda and Ricardo Lorenzetti-, in response to requests from the defense of the former president to annul the trial.

In this way, the process is not modified, and on July 11 the Federal Oral Court 2 will begin the arguments, which is the stage in which the parties request convictions and acquittals.

The Supreme Court determined that Cristina Kirchner did not justify the institutional seriousness that she invoked in her appeals and that none of them is a definitive sentence that implies the internment of the highest court.

“The fact that it is a trial involving a high-ranking national public official does not change that conclusion. It is not possible to think that any adverse decision that is adopted in processes where officials of such a nature are involved requires, for that circumstance alone, the intervention of this Court”, the magistrates maintained.

Cristina Kirchner’s defense attorney, Alberto Beraldi, had made three proposals: the first because the Oral Court did not accept all the evidence proposed by the defense; the second for the intervention in the case of the Federal Cassation Room IV, and the third because he understood that the case had already been investigated and closed by the Santa Cruz justice.


In the case, the alleged irregularities in 51 public works that Lázaro Báez’s companies received during the governments of Néstor and Cristina Kirchner for the province of Santa Cruz are judged, such as the payment of surcharges, companies that were not qualified to do the work and full payment when they were not finished, among others.

Along with Cristina Kirchner and Lázaro Báez, former Federal Planning Minister Julio De Vido; the former Secretary of Public Works José López; former Planning official Carlos Kirchner -cousin of former President Néstor Kirchner-; the former director of National Roads Nelson Periotti, as well as former national and Santa Cruz officials from the road area.

The trial will resume next Monday when the magistrates decide what evidence is incorporated by reading. Then, on July 11, the arguments begin. First it will be the turn of the Financial Information Unit (UIF), an agency of the national government. Then it was up to the Anti-Corruption Office (OA) but it got out of the trial.

After the judicial recess of the last two weeks of July, it will be the turn of the prosecutor Luciani and after each of the defenses.

The expectation is that before the end of the year the judges announce their verdict. The intention is that it will not be in 2023 -year of presidential elections- so that there is no speculation about his decision.

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