Swiss Ambassador in Argentina Johannes Mattyasy said that “there was no complot, pressure or anything of the sort” in the request of information on CGT Labour Confederation leader Hugo Moyano in connection to a case of money laundering.
“What the Swiss judge did was look up for information, just like anyone would have done online, and when she put the name of the owner of an investigated account, several media articles appeared. We are on the 21st century, internet exists and the judge was doing her job. That’s all! There’s no complot or anything of the sort,” he told www.swissinfo.ch website.
“But Justice is independent and is doing its job. Argentina is one of the countries that demanded stricter rules on money laundering,” he added.
“Switzerland has an entity that receives information from banks on accounts with suspicious movements, and in this case there was an announcement on the account Covelia head Ricardo Desprebiteris and his wife, Marcela Mete,” he said.
The ambassador denied that President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s administration pressured the Embassy to issue a statement to denying that there was a specific investigation on the union leader.
The leader of organized labour said he was ‘absolutely not’ confronted with the government and was only expecting for Cristina Fernandez to announce her re-election bid, “because then we are going to win again”.
“No matter what some pretend, we are not at all confronted, on the contrary”, said Moyano during a political rally, following on the money laundering scandal that somehow involved him.
Looking ahead to the October election Moyano said that once “our president announces her candidacy we the workers will again win because we will continue to develop and deepen this successful model”.
Moyano said that when they attack him they are attacking the Argentine workers. “They only strengthen me, they won’t see me on my knees” he emphasized adding that a media campaign from powerful economic groups has been organized to attack him, “but they don’t realize whom they are attacking because they never suffered hunger or necessities”.
Finally he called for a massive demonstration on April 29 to celebrate Workers Day “to show the cartel of media groups that attack us, that they will never have the strength or determination of the workers movement”.
According to Buenos Aires media, Moyano wants President Cristina Fernandez to announce on that date she’s running for re-election. Moyano would then be pressing Mrs Kirchner to ensure that a representative from organized labour is in the ballot ticket with her.