Federal Judge Julián Ercolini dismissed the current Vice President of the Nation Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in one of the parts of the case linked to the case called Cuadernos, which is still under investigation.
Related to two alleged payments of bribes that were not considered proven, the magistrate held on Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner: “Throughout this investigation, no elements could be incorporated that would allow establishing the existence of said payments and/or the person/s who would have made them”. At that time the vice president I’m off the case.”
The alleged bribes were payments by businessmen linked to public works, Francisco Valenti and Enrique Pescarmona, which arose from the annotations in the notebooks of the former driver of Cristina Fernandez de KirchnerOscar Centeno.
In turn, the file on the Cuadernos case has already been sent to oral proceedings before the Federal Oral Court 7. Regarding the two specific events for which the case was dismissed, vice presidentJudge Ercolini considered that “Throughout this investigation, no elements could be incorporated that would allow establishing the existence of said payments.”
“When the time has come to resolve these events, I anticipate that I will have to adopt a discriminating temper of the accused persons, since the intervening prosecutor has not required their trial or proposed measures,” specified the judge.
In relation to the Notebooks case
In the same resolution, Judge Ercolini sent former officials Roberto Baratta and Nelson Javier Lazarte, as well as businessmen Alberto Dragonetti, Alberto Taselli and Jorge Balán, to trial for other acts of alleged admission of payments and passive bribery.
On the other hand, an expertise was known in another criminal case that investigates alleged alterations in Centeno’s writings, which confirmed that two of the notebooks have amendments, erasures, and additions that would not correspond to the former driver’s handwriting.
Along the same lines as the vice president, the magistrate dismissed the former Minister of Federal Planning Julio De Vido for one of the alleged acts of bribery that was not considered proven.