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    Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, at Malvinas Islands Museum | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Published 12 February 2020

The late magister constructed legal causes like the photocopies, which became a scandal for Argentinian justice. 

The Argentinian Justice resolved to cancel the pre-trial detention against the former President and current Vice President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, under a corruption accusation in a case denominated “The Notebooks”. 

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The case, based on photocopied notes supposedly written by the former minister´s driver, could be the evidence of presumable bribes for the concession of public works for more than US$160 million during the Néstor Kirchner´s administration and also his wife and successor. 

The Criminal Cassation Chamber, the highest legal instance below the Supreme Court, considered there´s no escape risks or difficulties in the investigation process that can support the preventive detention of the former mandatary, who also collaborated with the justice. Even so, eight legal processes continue against the current vice-president.

This legal requirement was dictated by Judge Claudio Bonadío in 2018, but it never got to the fact because Fernández de Kirchner had senator´s prerogatives. As the experts say, Bonadío used the courts as an element of lawfare, an alliance between communication media, journalists and intelligence services to prosecute political leaders who are not manageable for the United States. 

The late magister constructed legal causes like the photocopies, which became a scandal for Argentinian justice. For this reason, between the nine judges that could succeed Bonadío, at least three had renounced and claim they will not be on charge in that court.

The denominated  “Notebook Case”, under which some other functionaries of Fernández de Kirchner´s administration were accused of accepting bribes, shows the extortion to the protected witnesses who were pushed to incriminate the former president and her closest collaborators. 

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