The ruling party asked to summon Jorge Lanata and other journalists as witnesses
Deputy Rodolfo Tailhade asked for more evidence and also that journalists Jorge Lanata, Martín Granovsky, Luciana Bertoia and Irina Hauser be summoned as witnesses, since they all wrote about the Muiña case (2-1).
Tense meeting with a secretary of the Rosenkrantz Vocalía
Federico Morgenstern in the Impeachment Committee
The legal secretary of the Board of Directors of Carlos Rosenkrantz, Federico Morgenstern, revealed during his testimony that he had two private meetings with Judge Elena Highton de Nolasco to discuss the sentence in the Muiña case (2-1).
When asked about what they discussed, the witness refused to answer and argued that by law he has “the duty to keep confidentiality and confidentiality about the opinions that were given during the deliberation.”
“I exempt him from that duty,” said the president of the commission, Carolina Gaillard. Immediately the deputies of Together for Change protested vigorously, pointing out that Gaillard did not have that power.
Along the same lines, Federico Morgenstern replied: “You cannot excuse me because I have an obligation to my superiors at the Court.” In a defiant tone, he also explained that the commission had two options: ask the Court to order him to make that statement or arrest him by public force.
“Don’t make one too many. Don’t play the canchero. Get off the horse”, demanded the official Marcelo Casaretto. “You have the obligation to respect the witnesses,” replied the witness, amid shouts from both benches.
On the other hand, the witness affirmed that his “experience categorically refutes the hypothesis” of the ruling party, that is to say that Judge Elena Highton de Nolasco voted in the Muiña ruling in the same sense as Carlos Rosenkrantz as part of a political agreement, of which he also Mauricio Macri’s government participated, in exchange for being able to continue in office despite having turned 75.
Controversy over witness statement
Gladys Cuervo, witness before the Impeachment Committee
Gladys Cuervo, who worked at the Posadas Hospital and was kidnapped and tortured during the last military dictatorship, was the first witness of the day. Her testimony sparked a heated discussion among the deputies of the Frente de Todos y Juntos por el Cambio.
After recounting details of the torment she suffered, the witness said that, in her opinion, the 2×1 ruling (Luis Muiña case) sought to achieve “a covert amnesty.” And she added: “There is a party that came to continue the work of the judicial party.”
The comments sparked criticism from the opposition. “Are you referring to the party of military self-amnesty, of pardons and that opposed CONADEP?” asked PRO deputy Fernando Iglesias sarcastically, referring to Peronism.
From Together for Change they also targeted the pro-government deputy Rodolfo Tailhade for “revictimizing” the witness by asking her details about the period during which she was kidnapped. On the other hand, they insisted on the inadmissibility of the testimony in relation to the accusations of poor performance against members of the Supreme Court.
“It is unfortunate that this Impeachment Committee uses Human Rights and victims of State terrorism to attack the Court. We are going to listen to them with the respect that their suffering deserves, but proposing that any statement not related to the trial be separated from the file”, published the radical deputy Carla Carrizo through social networks.
“To contribute to the context of what happened, with respect for the victims, is not to re-victimize, it is to rebuild memory, and recall the courage of those who faced in dark times,” replied the official Susana Landriscini, almost tearfully, who recalled that her brother was kidnapped along with the father of witness Zulema Chester because he was also a doctor at Hospital Posadas.
“We can ask Deputy Moreau why he voted in favor of the Due Obedience and Full Stop laws. And Moreau also voted in favor of the 2×1 law”, the deputy of the Civic Coalition, Juan Manuel López, chicaneed.
Together for Change once again denounced that the individual guarantees of witnesses and defendants are being violated
Juan Manuel López and Mario Negri (Maximiliano Luna)
“The Commission, far from carrying out a political trial, as authorized by the National Constitution —since, in effect, it is one of the functions that it assigned to the legislators—, is carrying out a “parallel criminal process”, producing manifestly illegal evidence, violating the rules of due process and, therefore, the rule of law. Thus, not only is the independence of the Judiciary being put at risk —in this case, through an arbitrary attack on the Supreme Court— but, also, the fundamental rights of all citizens of our country”, indicates the note presented before the Chamber authorities where all the alleged irregularities reported are listed.
Garavano, “Pepín” Rodríguez Simón and Torello did not appear before the Impeachment Committee
The former Minister of Justice, Germán Garavano
The former Minister of Justice, Germán Garavano, reported by note in the days prior to the meeting that he would not be able to attend because he was traveling to Córdoba for work. In this sense, the former official attached a copy of the tickets and was “available” for a possible second summons.
For his part, Senator Torello submitted a letter to the commission in which he said that “the Chamber of Deputies lacks competence” to cite him for his “condition as Senator of the Nation.” And he added: “For what I let the president (Carolina Gaillard) know that I do not endorse or admit any questioning that undermines the immunity that protects the function that I exercise by popular mandate.”
“His claim constitutes an impairment of the privileges that protect the exercise of the legislative function that I exercise and for which I was voted for by the people of the province of Buenos Aires,” added the national legislator of the PRO. He also warned that if he appeared, he would later be disqualified from his role as judge if the issue reaches the Senate.
As for Rodríguez Simón, a note had been sent to Interpol requesting the steps to follow for his presentation, but the International Police responded by explaining that they cannot detain him because his request for political asylum in Uruguay has not yet been resolved, which is to the study of the Court of that country.
“On March 17, Interpol replied with a note that said that this person has a red notice for the crime of threats and extortion. The named was located in Uruguay, the country where he requested refuge. The authorities have rejected this condition in two instances, subtracting one. Therefore, he cannot be detained until the Justice of that country resolves his condition, ”explained Carolina Gaillard.
Finally, the former Vice Minister of Justice Santiago Otamendi warned that he would also be traveling and could not be there. However, he did not provide further details and did not make it clear if he would attend if he was summoned again.
The ruling party summoned four former officials of the Cambiemos government as witnesses
The former Minister of Justice of Together for Change (JxC) Germán Garavano; Senator José Torello, former chief of advisors to the Presidency; Fabián Rodríguez Simón, former legal adviser to Mauricio Macri; and former Vice Minister of Justice Santiago Otamendi were summoned to testify today in the Impeachment Committee of the Chamber of Deputies in the framework of the process against the Supreme Court.
The summons is for them to expose the “2×1″ ruling in favor of convicted repressors, issued in 2017 by the Supreme Court, one of the resolutions by which the ministers of the highest court are accused of poor performance.
The commission chaired by Gaillard (Front of All) also summoned, from 1:00 pm, Horacio Diez, deputy attorney of the National Treasury; Juan Sebastián and Federico Morgenstern, of the vocalía of the judge of the Court Carlos Rosenkrantz; and Gladys Cuervo and Zulema Chester, victim and daughter of a victim of the dictatorship at the Posadas Hospital, respectively.
These testimonies will be given within the framework of the process substantiated by the commission that analyzes the conduct of the judges of the Court Horacio Rosatti (president), Rosenkrantz, Juan Carlos Maqueda and Ricardo Lorenzetti.