Macri accused of spying on relatives of ARA San Juan crew – MercoPress


Macri accused of spying on relatives of ARA San Juan crew

Thursday, December 2, 2021 – 09:48 UTC

Macri met Piñera in Santiago upon hearing the news

Former Argentine President Mauricio Macri has been charged with spying on relatives of the condemned submarine ARA San Juan. After deciding on the measure, federal judge Martín Bava on Wednesday banned the former head of state from leaving the country.

The ARA San Juan sank in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean in 2017, killing all 44 crew members on board.

In his decision, Bava argued that after analyzing the evidence and questioning him, the defendant “apparently”? is ?? criminally responsible for the crime of ordering prohibited intelligence actions ?? against the relatives of the victims of the accident.

Macri was briefed on the magistrate’s decision during a trip to Chile. He claimed it was “a political persecution that ends with this, what we all already knew? ”And that it is more uncomfortable for the Argentinian justice to have judges like Judge Bava.

Bava banned Macri from leaving the country but ordered no preventive arrests and posted a bond in the amount of AR $ 100 million (approximately US $ 500,000 at the unofficial exchange rate).

The measure will come into effect once MACri returns from Chile.

The wreck of the ARA San Juan, in which 44 people were killed, occurred in November 2017. But the relatives of these victims were not the only ones spied on. Officers also monitored the relatives of two other sunken ships: the fishing vessel El Repunte, which sank in the Argentine Sea on June 17, 2017 and caused the disappearance of 10 sailors; and the ship Rigel, which set sail on June 5, 2018 from the port of Mar del Plata (400 kilometers from Buenos Aires) and lost contact four days later off the coast of Chubut in the midst of a storm, killing nine.

Macri is also under investigation for allegedly shipping ammunition to the Bolivian military during the uprising that led to Evo Morales’ resignation and Jeanine Áñez’s rise to power.

In Santiago, Macri met with Chilean President Sebastián Piñera on Wednesday. The former head of state of Argentina came to La Moneda in his capacity as president of the FIFA Foundation. ?? Chile is probably the only country that can be defined as the first world in Latin America, ?? said Macri, who has never been able to understand why he was excluded from Casa Rosada in the first round in 2019.

Unable to conceal his support for ultra-conservative José Antonio Kast against leftist Gabriel Boric in the next Chilean presidential run-off on December 19, Macri said: ?? I don’t know him, but I feel he will try to rule along the same lines as the current government. ??


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