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Photo: Eliana Obregon

The deputy of the Frente de Todos, Rodolfo Tailhade, referred this Friday to the declarations of the Buenos Aires Police Commissioner Hernán Cassasa Congressional Intelligence Subcommittee in the framework of the investigation into the so-called macrista “judicial table” during the management of Cambiemos y He pointed out that he does not rule out “at all that there are visits from (María Eugenia) Vidal to the AFI.”

Tailhade stated in statements to Télam that, according to what Cassasa raised, “every 15 days, every Thursday, they met at the AFI” and that information “is consistent with what we already had in the emails”, adding: “He did not rule out at all that there are visits from Vidal to the AFI.” I also point out the Buenos Aires attorney Julio Conte Grand: “he has to go to the hearing in the Bicameral Commission. If he does not go, it is cause for impeachment.” Conte Grand must appear on Tuesday before the legislators that make up the Subcommittee.

Congress opened an investigation after the dissemination of the images of that 2017 meeting, in which former officials of the management of former governor María Eugenia Vidal, former directors of the Federal Intelligence Agency (AFI) and businessmen analyzed strategies to put together legal cases against referents of the construction guild of La Plata.

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The audio of that filming revealed that some of the attendees alluded to the assured collaboration of a prosecutor and the Attorney General with the aim of harming trade unionists.

On Thursday, and in the framework of the meeting of the subcommittee, Commissioner Cassasa confirmed to the legislators of that body that the audios in which he mentions the actions of the macrista “judicial table” are of his authorship and in which it is detailed who were the officials that were part of it with the aim of harming union leaders.

Cassasa, who held the rank of deputy commissioner in 2017, declared before the members of that working group, made up of the deputies of the Fdt Tailhade and Eduardo Valdés, and the legislator of Together for Change (JxC) Miguel Angel Bazze.

Tailhade told Télam that Casassa “confirmed that he is the author of these audios”, as well as “their content”, and also provided “a series of elements” that must be “deepen”.

In the audio, the police officer tells that he was in charge of some of the cases framed in the actions of the Buenos Aires judicial table and makes direct reference to the Buenos Aires prosecutor.

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Parliamentary sources indicated that in addition to receiving Conte Grand, on the same Tuesday they will seek to take statements from two representatives of two companies to establish which of them marketed the equipment with which the meeting held in 2017 was recorded at the Buenos Aires headquarters of Banco Provincia.

In that entity, an eye inspection will also be carried out to find out how the cameras were arranged, as resolved by the legislators.

For his part, Tailhade considered that “there are many elements that we have collected over this time regarding a lot of situations in the province that clearly imply the participation of Conte Grand in different crimes.”

“Hopefully on Tuesday he can answer all these questions. He is too important a figure in the institutional design of the province of Buenos Aires for us not to have rational explanations for his actions”, Tailhade stressed in statements to El Destape Radio.

In addition, the deputy warned that if (Conte Grand) does not attend the bicameral, “his absence has to be one more element in the request for his impeachment” and assessed that once the parliamentary group has the statements of the businessmen and the explanations of the prosecutor will be “in a position to summon the three AFI officials” who appear in the video.

Tailhade also highlighted that the audios ratified by Cassasa mention the former Minister of Security of the province of Buenos Aires Cristian Ritondo, who is currently president of the PRO bloc in Deputies and a member of the Bicameral Commission that is carrying out this investigation.

However, the deputy was not present on Thursday during the commissioner’s statements: “It was better that he was not because he had a specific personal interest,” said Tailhade.

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