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Argentine President to sue opposition leader for slander

Tuesday, May 25th 2021 - 09:45 UTC
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“Democratic coexistence cannot authorize insult and lies to become an admitted practice,” said Fernández. “Democratic coexistence cannot authorize insult and lies to become an admitted practice,” said Fernández.
Bullrich, a likely presidential candidate in 2023, had spoken of the existence of an alleged request for bribes from the Government to Pfizer during negotiations Bullrich, a likely presidential candidate in 2023, had spoken of the existence of an alleged request for bribes from the Government to Pfizer during negotiations

Argentine President Alberto Fernández Monday announced he would sue former Security Minister and chairwoman of the opposition Cambiemos Party Patricia Bullrich for slander, following her remarks about the current Government's actions (or inactions) regarding the purchase of Pfizer anticoronavirus vaccines.

”I have instructed my lawyers that next Monday (May 31) they should initiate the pertinent legal actions against those who have launched such shameful defamation. Democratic coexistence cannot authorize insult and lies to become an admitted practice,“ wrote Fernández on Twitter.

Bullrich, a likely presidential contestant in 2023, had spoken of the existence of an alleged request for bribes from the Government to Pfizer during negotiations and vowed to take it to the courts.

But the US laboratory Monday issued a statement denying Bullrich's allegations as well as the existence of ”intermediaries or representatives.“ The Pfizer statement also involved then Health Minister Ginés González García -Argentina's current ambassador in Bogotá- who also announced he would sue Bullrich.

”Such an accusation is absolutely false and therefore unacceptable, something that the person who formulated it knew well. She said what she said without caring about the damage it caused not only to those she accused but also to public trust and the very institutions of the Republic,“ President Fernández went on.

Fernández underlined that ”in no country in the world are such imputations launched with such lightheartedness tolerated; not without this causing the immediate social reaction of those who were unduly injured.“

”The anguish that the pandemic generates in our people does not tolerate so much irresponsibility,“ Fernández insisted.

Pfizer maintained that ”it has not received any requests for undue payments at any time“ and that ”on the other hand, the company does not have intermediaries, private distributors or representatives for the supply of Covid-19 vaccines.“

The statement, released through its subsidiary in Buenos Aires, came 12 hours after Bullrich spoke against González García during a TV interview. ”The attitude of González García was to try to have a payback, that the president (Alberto Fernández) was not unaware of,“ the former Security Minister under Mauricio Macri said and she singled out businessman Hugo Sigman as the middle man.

”If they ask me how I'm doing, I'm bad. If they ask me what I'm going to do, I say, I'm going to file a criminal complaint, civil complaint and everything necessary...,” González García said.

The statement from Pfizer also underlined the fact that as a company from the United States it is subject to the laws of its country of origin, particularly the so-called “Law of Corrupt Practices Committed Abroad” that forces it to report any payment or improper payment attempt. The US legislation in force establishes sanctions for companies involved in the payment of bribes whether they are either American or foreign but otherwise listed on a US stock exchange.

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  • Think

    Geeeeeeeeeeeeee....

    Mme. Patricia Bullrich..., a notorious alcoholic..., seems to finally have reached the “stupid fase” of Delirium Tremens...

    She launched this Fake News..., evidently without having consulted & coordinated it first with either the American Embassy or Pfizer Laboratories...

    Soooo unconsulted with her allies was this Fake News..., that not even our trusted & beloved PenguinPress cared to publish it...

    Is understandable though that she..., in her dense ethylic haze..., tried her usual stunt once again...

    After all..., last time she pulled it..., it won her candidate four years of Argentine Presidency...!
    Anyone remembers the suicide of that degenerate..., corrupt and outed bad Argie Jew Alberto NISMAN...?
    The one that was re-invented by “Some” as a murdered, martyred hero..., fighting against Peronism...?

    Well... Patricia Bullrich was then the “Co-ordinator in Chief” of that Fake News...
    But..., 5 years ago..., She wasn't sooo deep into the bottle..., ya' know...
    That makes “Co-ordination” quite difficult...
    Capisce...?

    May 25th, 2021 - 10:19 am 0
  • jlt

    @Think Not only are you anti-semitic but you don't know how to spell. Just because Pfizer declares they were never asked for a bribe doesn't mean they weren't. Who now believes anything big pharma says! And the present sitting Government is despicable. People like you should be ashamed of putting Argentina in the hands of these cretin criminals. You have sunk our country. Let's hope that the next general elections sees the end of this madness!

    May 25th, 2021 - 06:05 pm 0
  • Think

    Geeeeeeeee....

    What an imperfect MercoPress Anti-Semite I am...!
    On the one hand..., deeply despising that one degenerate Nisman Argie Jew...
    On the other hand..., duly defending that other decent Timerman Argie Jew...

    Anyhow..., as “Faux Argies” that luuuuuv our Country... but don't speak the Lingo seem to flourish in here at MercoPress..., I will restrain of any engagment with the above unknown poster untill he proves he is a true Argie...

    (Soooo easy to do... He has only to translate (literally) his above comment to understandable Spanish... :-)

    Capisce...?

    May 25th, 2021 - 06:47 pm 0
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