Guillermo Marijuana He is a disconcerting prosecutor, if we want to call him in a way that does not sow suspicion. Last November, when the officialism’s offensive against the Supreme Court of Justice began, Marijuan appeared to request that the management of the social work of Justice be criminally investigated. This social work reports directly to the Supreme Court, and part of the official strategy consists of smearing the three judges who make up the majority of the court with alleged dishonest management of the judicial health service provider. The then surprising complaint of Marijuan was supported by a solitary vote by Judge Ricardo Lorenzetti (who had said the same thing as the prosecutor); Lorenzetti is in a clear minority within the Court. now, weed just requested the dismissal of Cristina Kirchner in the K money case, because, according to him, he could not verify a commercial link between the former president and Lázaro Báez, who is accused in that file of having laundered 55 million dollars. He is the same prosecutor who moved excavators in 2016 to drill the endless Patagonia, in an obsessive search for the Kirchnerist treasure, three months after Mauricio Macri assumed the presidency of the Nation. He found nothing.
However, his friends in politics are not in macrismo or in cristinismo; his political friend is Sergio Massadespite the fact that both assure that stopped being treated in recent times. When Massa snatched the possibility of re-election from Cristina Kirchner in 2013, and was shaping up to be a triumphant presidential candidate, Marijuan hoped to be proposed as Attorney General of the Nation (that is, as head of all prosecutors) in an eventual government of the then mayor of Tigre. Massa now desperately needs Cristina Kirchner’s blessing to be a presidential candidate (which is what he wants to be), but he must compete with Pedro’s Eduardo “Wado” and Axel Kicillof. What better proof of love, say some, than to now give the vice president some good judicial news, which is the only news that matters to her? If Massa was behind Marijuan’s pen, he will have shown Cristina that she could do much more than Alberto Fernández in much less time. The President was unable to undo any of the judicial cases that besiege Cristina Kirchner, despite the fact that Alberto Fernandez he had many more friends in court than Massa.
The core of the Marijuan decision is worth reviewing. The prosecutor assured that he did not prove the commercial ties of Cristina Kirchner and Báezeven though he himself verified that there were at least 370 phone calls between the vice president and the public works entrepreneur. Marijuan cannot ignore that in other instances of Justice this relationship was decisively proven. For example, in the recent oral and public trial on the public works that ended with the sentence of six years in prison for Cristina Kirchner. In his famous allegation about corruption in public works during the years of the two Kirchners, the prosecutor Diego Luciani He said several times that “Báez is Néstor and Cristina Kirchner”; he used elegant fashion to point out that Báez is ultimately a front man for the Kirchners. Luciani also proved that Báez entered the Olivos residence several times when Cristina was president of the Nation. Can Marijuan ignore in one file what happened in other files? You can, but it’s a cunning way to dodge the work of other prosecutors and judges. The most serious problem with the Marijuan ruling is that it leaves Cristina Kirchner on the brink of a dismissal. Although Judge Sebastián Casanello is not obliged to stop the investigation (he can continue it if he wants), the truth is that the case will not appeal before reaching the Federal Chamber. Only the prosecutor can appeal (Marijuan has already given his opinion in favor of Cristina), and the UIF and the AFIP, which they are plaintiffs, but these two agencies are controlled by officials who answer to Cristina Kirchner. The path to the appeal instance is then blocked, and this is not by chance either. The room of the Federal Chamber that should analyze this case is the one made up of judges Mariano Llorens and Pablo Bertuzzi, two magistrates with a reputation for being independent in the courts. Recently, in this same case, the defense of Cristina Kirchner gave up appealing a decision that affected her when she learned that these two judges would have to resolve the issue. She sensed that they would vote against her interests.
One conclusion stands out: Marijuan did Cristina Kirchner an indescribable favor, although no one knows for sure why she chose that path. It can only be deduced, with a certain degree of certainty, that he did not make that decision to do justice, to correctly interpret the laws or to comply with a personal conviction. Was Massa in the middle? Is it a favor that Massa did to Cristina while waiting for her to return the courtesy? Or did the prosecutor just throw in the hook, hoping to reel in an opportunity for his judicial career? There are no answers, for now.
Less enigmatic is the political uproar caused by an old sermon by the designated archbishop from Buenos Aires, monsignor Jorge Garcia Cuerva. At a mass on the day of the militant, in 2016, the presbyter pointed out that “we all once wanted to be Peronists”, but then he dedicated himself to pondering the noble aspects that dedication to politics can have. García Cuerva did not say, strictly speaking, that he was a Peronist, but rather that he alluded to the hegemony of Peronist thought during his youth. The archbishop is an intellectual trained in law, history and theology, a priest with a solid formation as is not usual in the Church. The Pope also appointed a bishop for the next 20 years in the capital of the country. García Cuerva is 55 years old and priests retire at 75 years of age. He could have transferred it to the Capital to the Archbishop of San Juan, Monsignor Jorge Lozano, a former president of the influential Social Pastoral Commission, with very good relations with political, union and business leaders. Lozano was bishop of the harsh Buenos Aires suburbs and comes from a family of workers; he forged very close ties with businessmen and trade unionists, who usually describe him as a good person. Bergoglio made Lozano a bishop and feels a special personal appreciation for him. The problem is that Lozano is 68 years old and should retire in seven. The Pope, it seems, wants his diocese to be administered for many years by an archbishop designated by him. An archbishop who survives the Pope himself.
In any case, many things can be said about García Cuerva, except that he is not intellectually prepared for the position. Nor can he be saddled with complacency with the Kirchnerist power, because at the time he harshly criticized the management of the pandemic or the unbearable inflation rates. These reflections were formulated in Santa Cruz, the cradle and fortress of Kirchnerism, where it is more difficult to exercise freedom of expression.
Another aspect that was highlighted García Cuerva is his alleged close relationship with the Massa couple, especially since the ecclesiastic was a parish priest, before being archbishop of Santa Cruz, in places very close to Tigre. If that were the case, it is García Cuerva who must change; It will not be García Cuerva who will change the Pope. The Pontiff never trusted the current Minister of Economy and, as is known, he rejected invitations to meet with Massa many times. Some invitations came from people of the Church who have the appreciation or friendship of the Pope. Bergoglio’s answer was always the same: no. According to those who have heard him, he often argues that Massa is not a reliable politician, but rather the opposite: volatile, unpredictable and overly anxious. They are not the people the head of the Catholic Church likes.
In any case, it is striking that politics is not giving García Cuerva, a soon-to-be cardinal of the Church, the opportunity to show himself in Buenos Aires as he is, beyond the archives that are always manipulable. It is likely that the explanation lies in the fact that García Cuerva also stumbled upon the fracture that cruelly divides Argentine society. With the famous crack that García Cuerva himself denounces as an immense obstacle to any solution to the many serious Argentine problems.
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