One of Mauricio Macri’s passions is to play bridge. No international competitions since October 2019, At the end of this month, the World Cup will be played in Italy. The former president plans to go there and, for this reason, he has requested the authorization of the federal judge Julián Ercolini – who has the case of spying on relatives of ARA San Juan for which Macri is being prosecuted–. Ercolini accepted Macri’s request and remained in reserve, as requested by the defense of the former president, where he will stay during his trip, which will also include Spain, the United States and Qatar – the place of the next World Cup.
Macri had the 45th World Bridge Championship on his agenda, as journalist Rodis Recalt published a few weeks ago in Revista Information. The competition will take place from March 27 to April 9 at Salsomaggiore Terme, in Parma. Macri is one of the senior team members who will represent the country, according to the South American Bridge Confederation website.
On Friday, Macri’s defense attorney, Pablo Lanusse presented a document in which he reported that Macri planned to be out of the country between March 25 and April 9. In this presentation he announced that he would make another one with the details of the stay but asked Ercolini to book it so that the rest of the parties did not access it. The dates coincide with the bridge tournament.
This noon, Ercolini authorized Macri’s new trip, which will include not only his stay in Italy, but also in Spain, the United States and Qatar –according to the resolution to which he consented Page 12-. The judge had already announced that he would allow Macri’s requests to leave the country because he understands that they are justified by his quality as a former president and because it was the standard that the Federal Chamber of Mar del Plata had established when the case was still pending. transformed to Dolores.
At the moment, Macri is out of the country. He traveled to the United States on Sunday to attend classes at Florida International University’s Adam Smith Center for Economic Freedom. He will stay there until March 21. A few days earlier, he had taken a one-day trip to Montevideo – by private plane – to participate in an event for a company dedicated to offshore markets. The complaint that leads Valeria Carreras opposed his trip and recalled that Fabián “Pepín” Rodríguez Simón, one of his star legal advisers, is on the run there.
The investigation into Macri’s role in spying on relatives of the crew of the ARA San Juan, the submarine that sank in November 2017, began on October 1. That day, federal judge Martín Bava – who replaces Dolores – decided to summon him for an investigation. Coincidentally, the former president was on a trip to the United States when he heard the news. Macri managed to drag out his presentation before the magistrate for more than a month, who ended up dealing with him on December 1 last year. For Bava, Macri ordered the missions that the Federal Intelligence Agency (AFI) carried out on the families between 2017 and 2018. The spies, according to the judge, followed the relatives to anticipate to Macri what their claims would be on a subject who attracted them. international attention.
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Carreras objected to Ercolini giving a “reserved” character to the proceedings of Macri’s trip, arguing that it was unfounded and increased fears of the former president’s flight, but the magistrate did not share his opinion. “By way of complaint, we warn that there is no equality before the law or an impartial judge in the case of illegal espionage to the families of ARA San Juan. We have already challenged Ercolini” said Carreras page 12 after having read the resolution of the Federal Court 10. “Now we only have international justice and our certainty is confirmed: Commodore Py guarantees impunity.”
In the brief she presented on Monday morning, the lawyer spoke at length about the destinations Macri has visited lately and how they have been publicized:
He was in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he was even known to eat at the El Lechazo restaurant, where a Pergaminense cooks.
He traveled to Chile to supposedly speak about climate change, but the newspaper Bugle He planned that he would hold a meeting with Sebastián Piñera to give him his public support.
In the summer, he alternated between the Cumelén country club in Villa La Angostura and Joe Lewis’ ranch, according to this newspaper.
Macri does not seem too moved by the handling of the case which places him as the main accused, especially after the Federal Chamber of Criminal Cassation withdrew Bava’s investigations. From now on, it is the Federal Chamber of Buenos Aires which must reconsider its prosecution for spying on the ARA San Juan families. Carreras challenged the three members of Chamber I – Pablo Bertuzzi, Mariano Llorens and Leopoldo Bruglia – to deal with the dossier and, until these issues are resolved, the whole process has been put on hold.
For spying on the families of the submariners, the former leaders of the Macrista AFI, Gustavo Arribas and Silvia Majdalani, are also being prosecuted. Other important leaders within the ex-SIDE are in the same situation, such as the former director of Reunion Eduardo Winkler — currently a civil servant in the public ministry of the city of Buenos Aires — and the former operational directors of the counterintelligence Diego Dalmau Pereyra and Martin Coste. As the intelligence tasks were carried out from the Mar del Plata base, Bava also pursued the former head of this delegation, Nicolás Iuspa Benítez, and five other agents who worked under him.