Tuesday, January 8th 2013 - 00:07 UTC

Argentina charters private UK plane for Cristina Fernandez next tour to avoid legal surprises

The Argentine government issued a statement in response to a recent piece published on the British tabloid “The Sun”, and assured that President Cristina Fernández will fly in a private plane on her next tour to avoid a potential impounding of the official presidential plane by vulture funds.

Presidential spokesperson Parrilli blasted The Sun for falsely reporting and recalls the sensationalist daily belongs to Murdoch

In a written statement signed by the Presidential spokesman, Oscar Parrilli, the Argentine Executive explains that “they were presented with six offers, all of them of very similar value, and decided to hire Chapman Freeborn, a British company operating from the Gatwick Airport in England, because it was the most convenient from an operational, economic and financial point of view.”

The company had already been hired in the past by the Presidential office in 2010 and 2011 for the President’s travels to Guyana, Madrid, Paris, Barcelona and Cannes.

In the same statement, Parrilli details that “the total cost of the operation is 880.000 dollars, which includes all costs and expenditures of a trip to four different countries, and is close to 20% higher that the cost of using the Tango-01.”

The Sun had recently published a story detailing an “ultra secret arrangement” to hire a luxury plane from a British company for Cristina Fernandez’ tour to the United Arab Emirates and the Far East, Indonesia and Vietnam, scheduled to begin “next Sunday”.

Cristina Fernandez leaves Argentina on Wednesday after receiving in Mar del Plata the Navy’s flagship ARA Libertad that was impounded and retained in Ghana for 78 days, on request from a New York court order benefiting a hedge fund.

Parrilli added that on 26 December the Legal Department from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommended that the Presidential T-01 should not be used for the trip given the aggressive attitude of the ‘vulture funds’ with Argentina, since it was considered that impound or precautionary measures against the aircraft were highly probable. The position was shared by the Treasury Attorney and the chief of Military Attachés.

Finally Parrilli recalls that the sensationalist yellow daily The Sun belongs to Rupert Murdoch “condemned for illegal tapping and the publication of false and fabricated news related to British actors, personalities and politicians, “openly benefiting the electoral campaign of PM David Cameron, to the extent that several officials from his cabinet had to resign given the scandal and complicity”.

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1 surfer (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 12:15 am Report abuse
You couldn't make this stuff up, pure comedy gold!
2 MrFlagpole (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 12:21 am Report abuse
I hope the cheque has cleared before they let her have the plane.
3 Anglotino (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 12:36 am Report abuse
I also love the compliment that Oscar Parrilli heaps on Britain at the end of the article.

It is nice to see that the British legal system caught up with the illegal wire tapping activities and that it was fully exposed and condemned by the government and courts.

Also nice to see that British politicians are not above the law in their dealings with the media or others and must pay the price.

I wonder which government could learn something from having such a robust legal system that doesn't buckle, succumb or get threatened by a government when problems arise.

Thanks again Oscar! Oh, please pay in advance as we are running out of things to confiscate.
4 Optimus_Princeps (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 12:40 am Report abuse
(It was “convenient from an operational, economic and financial point of view...”, because you see that this is far more comfortable than my Presidential plane and it comes with a bar. It also comes with a comfy bed so I can get my beauty sleep, and take care of ”important diplomatic matters”.)

It's not like she's paying for it. Complements of the people in Argentina that actually work.
5 ptolemy (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 01:36 am Report abuse
Yes, that would be my first concern. As for the statement in the article: “condemned for illegal tapping and the publication of false,...”an obvious distraction / smear job technique as often seen on this site.
6 jeffski (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 01:49 am Report abuse
What a complete embarrassment.
7 Ayayay (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 05:04 am Report abuse
A LUXURY plane from the BRITISH. Comedy fix gotten.
8 toooldtodieyoung (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 07:16 am Report abuse
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.......

I think that just about makes the Argentine governments total humiliation complete doesn't it??
9 Gordo1 (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 07:28 am Report abuse
An interesting news item:

10 Xect (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 07:30 am Report abuse
It gets funnier by the minute.

So Argentina continues to not pay its debts whilst screaming from the roof that the UK should obey UN resolutions which it conveniently forgot it had violated with a illegal act of war.

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.
11 Mendoza Canadian (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 09:35 am Report abuse
The laughing stock of the world...
12 andy65 (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 10:16 am Report abuse
The fact is they still do not see themself as being the laughing stock they try to counteract there stupidness with wild and meaningless allegations-Argentina you are telling your people to avoid buy British yet your corupt governmant hires luxury British Jets
13 txiki (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 11:03 am Report abuse
The first thing they do in the Argentine Government is attack the messenger. Same thing, time and time again. What's the relevance of the first paragraph of the press release in an official government statement? All they did was reveal what was happening - and embarassing the government by doing so. Of course, their new message is going to be “The Sun Lies”.

1)El Sr. Rupert Murdoch, titular del diario “THE SUN” fue condenado por escuchas ilegales y publicaciones de noticias falsas sabiendo que lo eran relacionadas con actores, personalidades y políticos del Reino Unido, beneficiando abiertamente en la campaña electoral al Primer Ministro David Cameron, al punto tal que funcionarios de su gabinete debieron renunciar frente al escándalo y complicidad con el Sr. Rupert Murdoch.

1. Mr Rupert Murdoch, owner of the Sun, was condemned for ilegal phone tapping and publishing knowingly false news items about actors, personalities and politicians in the UK, openly supporting David Cameron's electoral campaign to the point that a civil servant in his cabinet [sic] (Andy Coulson I guess) had to resign due to the scandal and his complicity with Rupert Murdoch.

This is an official Argentine Government Press statement? WTF?
14 Raven (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 02:29 pm Report abuse
I recognise the Parrilli tactic. It is the same as the Malvinist posters here. Just change the subject completely to divert from the real story.
15 reality check (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 03:03 pm Report abuse
Caption for the photograph.

“Ah madam President, they are calling our flight!”
16 txiki (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 03:07 pm Report abuse
If she mentions the Malvinas the the crew, I think this is how she will probably end up:

17 reality check (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 03:37 pm Report abuse
Seeing how this is a British Aircraft she is flying on, wouldn't it be a lovely gesture if they overflew the Islands. Then she could look down and get a good view of the country she is never going to get her hands on.
18 agent999 (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 03:58 pm Report abuse
I though that British “craft” were not allowed in Argentinian “ports”.
19 Conqueror (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 06:02 pm Report abuse
@7 It has a special luxury fitment just for CFK. An outside toilet.
20 ChrisR (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 06:10 pm Report abuse
A caption for the picture in the link:

TMBOA “and is this a gold replica of you penis, it’s nice and hard?”

BTW TMBOA’s nose looks like it’s about to fall off. It does however show the usual trait seen in argies in Uruguay: the famous hooked nose.

She only needs to cultivate a moustache the size of a house brush and the look will be complete.
21 toooldtodieyoung (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 06:44 pm Report abuse
19 Conqueror

LOL. Yeah, it's one that only operates at 9,000 feet
22 GFace (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 07:30 pm Report abuse
Perhaps if she intends to take back the Falklands in the spirit of her Junta Jeros, she can rent a few ships from the UK.
23 ProRG_American (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 08:14 pm Report abuse
The President is so smart. Using the vulture tools to beat them at their own game.
24 Anglotino (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 08:44 pm Report abuse
She is going to chase people for owed money?

Who owes money to Argentina?

ProRG_American that was an extremely lame attempt to turn the tables. You would have been better to say nothing. But we can always rely on you to devalue your worth all on your own. Thank you.
25 Musky (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 09:31 pm Report abuse
This story is so good. She'll be renting undies from Anne Summers next lest they be impounded on her next visit abroad!
26 Ann Other (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 10:16 pm Report abuse
Hope the UK company gets paid in advance, because Argentina still owes Britain for a couple of type 22 destroyers they bought and reneged in paying for.
27 Orbit (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 10:19 pm Report abuse
#Musky, stop that, I've just eaten.

Did I hear mention that they are paying in dollars??? Would that be US dollars by any chance Cristina??? Tut, tut, tut, now what would teacher say about that, hmmm? Naughty, naughty, and to a British company???

28 andy65 (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 11:00 pm Report abuse
They should charge the bich upfront and then not turn up.
29 Anglotino (#) Jan 09th, 2013 - 12:20 am Report abuse
That would indeed be funny but a longer lasting joke is her need to potentially use it in the future. Each hire is considered export earnings for the UK and an import for Argentina.

Oh the embarrassment of it all.
30 Beef (#) Jan 09th, 2013 - 12:40 am Report abuse
Doesn't she now have to export a luxury plane contract to balance the revenue stream?

Argies: Why could she not charter a jet from an Argentina based company. You are meant to be a G20 country that is doing better than the UK (according to the Argie bunch on here). If Think had his way CFK would charter a Tupelov (and I don't.know if that is spelt right)!
31 ProRG_American (#) Jan 09th, 2013 - 01:56 am Report abuse
I actually believe that Cristina does this kind of thing on purpose. To keep you all wasting precious time on this blog and keep all of you up at night. HaHaHaHa!
The Argies will surprise you all one day.
32 commonsparrow (#) Jan 09th, 2013 - 02:29 am Report abuse
I'm sitting here trying to think of something to type and I can't. I can't think of another President who would do this. Its embarrassing!
33 Musky (#) Jan 09th, 2013 - 09:01 pm Report abuse
@32 CS
How about the former Joint - President of the UK's Monster Raving Loony Party, who was infact a Cat called 'Cat Mando'.
34 British_Kirchnerist (#) Jan 11th, 2013 - 09:28 am Report abuse
#23 Exactly, the vultures can either lay off Arg or get on the wrong side of Britain, talk about a rock and a hard place =) Pirelli's really called out the Sun too, excellent =)

#31 Yes as well as the tactical brilliance she does seem to have a great sense of fun =)
35 txiki (#) Jan 11th, 2013 - 12:49 pm Report abuse
Latest news, and you couldn't make this up, is that CFK has broken her own laws by hiring this jet as Chapman Freeborn has contracts with Desire Petroleum, Falklands Oil & Gas and Oil Spill Response.

According to law 26.659 - it is prohibited to do business with people or companies in Argentina who have either direct or indirect links to the exploration of hydrocarbons on the Argentine continental shelf (i.e. around the Falklands) without first seeking permission from the Argentine authorities - or for the supply of services to those organisations.

36 ChrisR (#) Jan 11th, 2013 - 04:10 pm Report abuse
35 txiki

Yes, well she asked herself about this and told herself it would be OK!

Bunch of cunts the lot of them.

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