This Friday there will be a new day of the Cause Roadand in the same five of the 13 defendants will have the opportunity to speak for the last time before the court that tries them, in the last stage of the debate, prior to the verdict that will be known before the end of the year.
From 9.30, the Federal Oral Court (TOF) 2 arranged for them to say their “last words” the owner of “Austral Constructions” Lazaro Baez, former officials of the National Directorate of National Roads in Santa Cruz, Mauricio Collareda Y Raul Daruichthe former minister of Federal Planning Julio De Vido and the former undersecretary of Public Works Abel Fatala.
This stage, prior to the verdict, It is not mandatory for the defendants, who will have to be present at the virtual hearing, to answer the question of the magistrates regarding whether or not they want to speak for the last time. The debate is carried out by videoconference, through the Zoom platform.
The schedule set by the judges Rodrigo Giménez Uriburu, Andrés Basso Y Jorge Gorini anticipates that on Tuesday the 29th they will have the opportunity to say their final words the vice president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the former official of Santa Cruz Road, Hector Garrothe former official of Federal Planning Carlos Kirchner and the former secretary of Public Works José López.
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The court He must then set a date to give the last four defendants the opportunity to speak, and based on that decision it will be known when he will pronounce his verdict, which must be issued on the same day that the last of them speaks.
These are the ex-responsible for Provincial Roads in Santa Cruz, Raúl Pavesi, and José Santibañez. Y Juan Carlos Villafane and the former head of the National Directorate of Roads in Kirchnerism, Nelson Perioti.
The trial for the alleged directing of public works in Santa Cruz between 2003 and 2015 in favor of Báez companies, began in May 2019 in the federal courts of Withdrawalwas interrupted for six months by the pandemic of Covid-19 and it resumed virtually in August 2020, without ever recovering full face-to-face. Throughout the more than three years of the trial, the court heard 114 witnesses in 117 hearings.
In connection with the verdict, it is expected that can make known in a virtual audience, unless one of the parties requests to be present at the Retirement courts for that moment.
The defenses of all the defendants, meanwhile, demanded that they be acquitted for the non-existence of a crime. “The accusations were dismantled, destroyed,” argued the lawyer Carlos Beraldi, defender of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, closing his closing argument with a demand for acquittal last September.
That day, the Vice President also used her right as a lawyer to defend herself and spoke before the judges. “Me impunity? If you want to look for impunity, look the other way,” replied the former president. Macri, others were going to play with Macri in Olivos”, questioned.
In addition, he maintained that the accusation was a “fable” mounted to carry “of the hairs” before the Justice, that in the case “the national Constitution was violated” and that the prosecutors committed “prevaricated”.
In a plea, which spanned nine hearings and ended on August 22, prosecutors Diego Luciani Y Sergio Mola They asked that the former president be sentenced to 12 years in prison as the alleged head of an illicit association and fraudulent administration.
For Báez, the prosecution He also claimed 12 years in prison as the alleged perpetrator of association aggravated by his capacity as organizer and primary participant in aggravated fraudulent administration.
In addition, they requested ten years in jail for De Vido and Periotti, and six years for Collareda and Villafañe. For Daruich and Pavesi he required five years and four years for Fatala and Santibáñez.
As to Carlos Kirchner, The two prosecutors sought acquittal for illicit association and a two-year suspended sentence for abuse of power.