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Macri admits his father was part of an extortion system during the Kirchner years

Tuesday, March 19th 2019 - 08:50 UTC
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Prior to his recent passing, Franco Macri had been tied up in the so-called “notebooks” corruption scandal, along with President Macri's brother and cousin. Prior to his recent passing, Franco Macri had been tied up in the so-called “notebooks” corruption scandal, along with President Macri's brother and cousin.
“My father committed a crime, he was part of a system of extortion involving the Kirchnerite movement in which in order to work, you had to pay up,” Macri told journalist Luis Majul during a pre-recor “My father committed a crime, he was part of a system of extortion involving the Kirchnerite movement in which in order to work, you had to pay up,” Macri told journalist Luis Majul during a pre-recor

Franco Macri's dealings with the former Kirchnerite governments amount to a “crime,” Argentine president Mauricio Macri declared on Sunday in a wide-ranging primetime interview that touched on corruption, influence peddling, the October elections, former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner's legal situation and his recently deceased father, Franco.

“My father committed a crime, he was part of a system of extortion involving the Kirchnerite movement in which in order to work, you had to pay up,” Macri told journalist Luis Majul during a pre-recorded television interview.

Prior to his recent passing, Franco Macri had been tied up in the so-called “notebooks” corruption scandal, along with President Macri's brother and cousin.

With the October general and presidential elections already dominating the news cycle in Argentina, the wide-ranging interview covered a number of contentious topics.

On Florencia Kirchner's legal situation, Macri said the blame was on squarely on her mother, former president and senator for Buenos Aires province Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

Fernández de Kirchner is currently visiting Florencia in Cuba where the film-maker is receiving medical treatment for lymphedema. The former president last week blamed media and judicial “persecution” for Florencia's health problems.

”She (Cristina Fernandez) did not take care of her children and she involved them in the things she was doing (alleged corruption). She is responsible for her daughter being indicted... I don't think it's right for a person to deny reality,“ Macri charged.

Florencia Kirchner has been charged in several of her family's corruption cases, but mother Cristina Fernandez and brother Maximo Kirchner as elected members of Congress, have legislative immunity. She doesn't and is believed to be very anxious and stressed about the matter. Furthermore, some US$ 5 million were found to her name stashed in a bank. She was then 18, and had no excuse to justify the funds allegedly deposited to her name by he family.

The Argentine president also touched on the unfolding scandal in Argentina's Judiciary, where a criminal investigation is looking into allegations and evidence of widespread influence peddling among judicial workers, politicians, business people and journalists.

Macri stood by his coalition's decision to pursue disciplinary action in the country's Magistrate's Council against lead judge Alejo Ramos Padilla. Ramos Padilla is ”not a judge who acts with equanimity, he lent himself to a political and media circus [during last week's presentation in Congress],“ the president said. ”I hope the Council assesses all evidence to determine whether or not he should be dismissed.“

One major headache for the government in the lead up to the election will be the rising cost of living. Macri defended the ongoing roll-back of Kirchner-era subsidies on utilities and public transport.

”Rates have risen, from 1 to 7 because what we were paying was ridiculous. We should not look at the rates. We have seen people who previously had no access to gas, now have access to it“, he said. ”Inflation will be less this year than last year,“ Macri added.

The president took ”responsibility“ for the country's underperforming economy. ”I know a lot of people are struggling to make it to the end of the month. I know what started happening in Argentina last March,” he clarified.

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  • bushpilot

    He's definitely dirty, and she's definitely not dirty.

    The notebooks definitely incriminate him, and they definitely do not incriminate her.

    He is for sure a crook, and she is for sure an angel.

    Mar 21st, 2019 - 02:31 am 0
  • Enrique Massot

    Mauricio Macri's denunciation of his father as a criminal barely two weeks after Franco Macri's death shows the Argentine president's ethical compass is seriously lacking.

    “Franco Macri had been tied up in the so-called “notebooks” corruption scandal, along with President Macri's brother and cousin.”

    Such a heart-warming statement for the president! So, according to Mauricio, dad was a criminal, his brother and cousin are tied up to the “notebooks corruption scandal” but Mauricio -- who reached the presidency while being indicted -- is “blameless.” Give me a break. Mauricio fully participated in his dad's companies and is as involved -- probably more -- than his bro and cousin.

    Now on another topic:

    ”Macri (pursues) disciplinary action...against lead judge Alejo Ramos Padilla.“

    It's got to be clarified to MP readers that judge Padilla is investigating star prosecutor Carlos Stornelli's involvement in extortion maneuvers through threats of prosecution under the ”corruption notebooks“ case.

    The case has the potential to, for the first time, expose Argentina's underworld in which judges, prosecutors, politicians, journalists and intelligence agents work behind the scenes to extort money, persecute opponents and organize media campaigns.

    Padilla conducted a search warrant in the address of Marcelo D'Alessio, who presented himself as a lawyer and regional director of the US' DEA and was in charge of intimidating extortion targets with threats of prosecution under the ”corruption notebooks” case (whether charges were real or not was of no consequence).

    Padilla found lots of material, computers, DEA credentials and weapons during the search of D'Alessio's residence. Hence Macri's alarm and subsequent attempt to get rid of, in this case, an inconveniently independent judge. Even worse for Macri, it appears the Magistrate's Council will likely refuse the president's request.

    And the saga continues...

    Mar 20th, 2019 - 04:22 pm -1
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