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CFK uses Europe tour to attack Macri

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner meeting in Athens this week.

Judge requests email and phone records as part of investigation of Nisman AMIA complaint

Former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner used this week’s European tour meet with left-leaning politicians and activists to direct criticism against President Mauricio Macri and his government.

Though, at the tail end of her trip, news broke that Federal Judge Ariel Lijo had ordered that emails and phone records for Fernández de Kirchner be handed over to the court in connection with late AMIA prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s complaint against her and others for allegedly whitewashing Iranian responsibility in the AMIA bombing.

On a European visit that began in Greece and included a leg in Brussels, the ex-president did not hesitate to call the Macri government “the greatest electoral scam in the history” before Members of the European Parliament drawn from the progressive, green and leftist blocs.

“They carried out an electoral campaign in which they promised that they were going to respect rights, that there was going to be zero poverty, that no workers was going to pay income taxes, that everything was going to be better. They made promises that there were going to be millions of mortgages, that there wasn’t going to be a devaluation or utility hikes,” she added, accusing the Macri administration of failing to uphold those promises.

This trip is the first to Europe that Fernández de Kirchner has embarked on since handing over power to Macri in December, 2015. Since then she has been the subject of a host of corruption accusations.

“They aren’t going to keep me quiet, even if they cook up 80 cases against me” she said to the MEPs, adding that “I own what I’ve declared in each and every one of my sworn affidavits since 1995, when I was a senator.”

“There is a Judicial branch that is totally aligned with the Executive” she added in conversation with the C5N news channel.

During her tour, the former president met with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Jean-Luc Mélenchon, defeated leftist candidate in the French presidential elections.

Yesterday, Federal Judge Ariel Lijo ordered the Casa Rosada, Foreign Ministry and the Solicitor-General’s Office to hand over email records from official accounts belonging to Fernández de Kirchner, ex-foreign minister Héctor Timerman and former solicitor-general Angelina Abbona among others. Lijo, who is presiding the investigation into the complaint filed by Nisman days before his death, also requested phone records to a similar effect. The court was responding to requests by prosecutor Gerardo Pollicita.

Also included in the request are former Legal and Technical secretary Carlos Zannini and former head of the Federal Intelligence Agency (AFI) Oscar Parrilli.

Herald with Télam

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