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Massive demonstration in support of prosecutor suspended for investigating Kirchner family dealings

Thursday, June 19th 2014 - 06:12 UTC
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Prosecutor Campagnoli was suspended for looking into the dealings of Lazaro Baez, closely linked to the Kirchner family Prosecutor Campagnoli was suspended for looking into the dealings of Lazaro Baez, closely linked to the Kirchner family
 Baez in ten years (coinciding with the Kirchner decade) became among other businesses the main public works contractor in Santa Cruz Baez in ten years (coinciding with the Kirchner decade) became among other businesses the main public works contractor in Santa Cruz
Baez rents most of the posh boutique hotel rooms in El Calafate which belong to the Kirchner family Baez rents most of the posh boutique hotel rooms in El Calafate which belong to the Kirchner family

An Argentine prosecutor who was suspended for 'ill performance' in his investigation into the dealings of one of President Cristina Fernandez close business associates, received a massive support Wednesday evening from demonstrators who marched in downtown Buenos Aires to the Attorney General's Office.

 Jose Maria Campagnoli was removed from the case which involves Lázaro Báez, a businessman who only a decade ago was a bank teller, but because of his close links with the Kirchner family became the main public works contractor in Santa Cruz provinces and some of his companies were caught money laundering.

Baéz money dealings and investments are also under investigation in Switzerland and in Uruguay where some associates invested millions of dollars in real estate, but did not specify the origin of the money.

The march in support of Campagnoli was not organized by any political party or movement; it was a social network coordinated affair as some of the latest demonstrations in Argentina which have been attended by thousands to protest corruption, cronyism, violent crime, inflation and demanding an independent justice branch.

Nevertheless all opposition leaders and groups twitted their support for the march and some joined as one more demonstrator.

The suspended prosecutor is being investigated by the same tribunal that suspended him on instructions from Attorney General Alejandra Gils Carbó, a political ally of Cristina Fernandez whose nomination was pushed through congress with the majority votes enjoyed by the president's coalition. During the hearings the opposition argued Ms Gils Carbó did not have the qualifications for such a significant job.

A verdict on Campagnoli is expected sometime next week.

On the second day of hearings, three journalists, two magistrates and two opposition lawmakers came out strongly in favor of Campagnoli. The prosecutor is accused of having passed on information on the Baez case to journalists, judges and opposition lawmakers.

Journalists Jorge Lanata, Nicolas Wiñazki and Daniel Santoro said that Campagnoli had not been the source of their own investigations on the Baez-Kirchner family connections. Likewise Judges Ricardo Recondo and Luis Cabral, president of Argentina's magistrates association defended the autonomy of prosecutors, while lawmakers Graciela Ocaña and Manuel Garrido, who reported the Baez case and implications in Uruguay and Switzerland denied having coordinated their presentations with Campagnoli.

According to the Kirchner family assets statements they own several posh boutique hotels in El Calafate and in Rio Gallegos, most of which and according to investigations by the media, and confirmed by local staff, have most of their rooms (empty) rented out to several companies identified with Baez.

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  • ElaineB

    CFK is not very popular is she?

    Jun 19th, 2014 - 09:14 am 0
  • reality check

    Word of advice for RG lawyers.

    If you get asked to conduct an investigation into anything connected with the K's,

    Pack your bags and leave.

    Jun 19th, 2014 - 09:19 am 0
  • Captain Poppy

    I have to say that it was quite large and impressive to see. The people that hate this women and her minons is very large. This the SCOTUS ruling and the World Cup is the only things on the the news here. They will be crazy to remove him but also have no choice. Her charges will come with the new government......by then she will be living in Cuba or Veneuela.

    Jun 19th, 2014 - 09:34 am 0
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