Regarding the ban on leaving the country, the former president appealed that decision and asked Bava to apply the suspensive effect

Regarding the ban on leaving the country, the former president appealed that decision and asked Bava to apply the suspensive effect

Mauricio Macri declared at a distance in the case in which alleged illegal espionage maneuvers deployed during his government on the relatives of the crew members of the submarine ARA San Juan, sunk in 2017, are investigated.

The ex-president, who remains abroad, presented a 10-page brief before the federal court in Dolores, appointing defense attorneys, appealed the prohibition to leave the country imposed by Judge Martn Bava and said nothing about whether to appear in court. the inquest scheduled for next Wednesday, as Tlam was able to reconstruct.

“Despite being out of the country, as it was and is public knowledge, I come in due time and form to appear in the proceedings, without this meaning recognizing or consenting to the Judge the guarantees conferred on me by articles 18 of the National Constitution and 8 of the American Convention on Human Rights. I do so convinced of my absolute innocence in the alleged facts that are intended to be attributed to me and as a result of my respect and subjection to the institutions of the Republic, ”Macri said in the presentation accessed by this agency.

“The decision to order my ban on leaving the country is orphaned of any grounds related to my person and situation”

Mauricio Macri

The former president appointed as lawyers Pablo Lanusse and Jimena Pisoni to represent him in this investigation, in which he was summoned to an inquiry on October 7, hearing that was already rescheduled for the 20th of this month at 10.

Regarding the ban on leaving the country, the former president appealed that decision and asked Bava to apply it to the “Suspensive effect”, that is, that it does not enter into force until it is analyzed in higher appeal instances.

The exit ban “lacks any kind of foundation, and therefore annihilates and violates the rights, principles and guarantees of defense in court, due process, minimal state intervention, free movement and transit, principle of innocence, proportionality and reasonableness, “he questioned in the letter he signed with the lawyer Lanusse.

“I live with my family and publicly develop my political activity,” said the former president, also considering that the decision to order the “prohibition of leaving the country is then orphaned of all grounds related to my person and situation, which violates the rights , principles and guarantees that protect me and that inform due process and defense in court “.

The exit ban "lacks any kind of foundation, and therefore annihilates and violates the rights, principles and guarantees of defense in court," states the brief presented by Macri.  Photo: Diego Izquierdo.

The exit ban “lacks any kind of foundation, and therefore annihilates and violates the rights, principles and guarantees of defense in court” states the brief presented by Macri. Photo: Diego Izquierdo.

Macri is charged that from his position as President of the Nation, at least in the period between December 2017 and the end of 2018 “Has ordered and made possible the systematic performance of intelligence tasks expressly prohibited by law 25,520 and its amendments, consisting of obtaining information, producing intelligence and storing data on people, due to their political opinion or their membership in partisan, social, union, community and Human Rights organizations ”.

“Among those espionage tasks prohibited by law, he is accused of having ordered and made possible the realization of numerous of them with the purpose of obtaining personal data and information from the relatives and close friends of the crew members of the submarine ARA San Juan”, As explained by Judge Bava in the resolution issued on October 1 when he summoned the former president to investigate.

“These actions sought to influence the political and institutional situation of the country, specifically with respect to the claims that they made for the sinking of said submarine and the consequent death of their relatives, as well as they also aimed to know their activities, the places where they were collect their personal data and those of their environment, such as the identification of their referents, “said the magistrate.

“These illegal actions (espionage) were not carried out by the rank-and-file agents who, on their own initiative, carried out this illegal espionage, but on the contrary, they were based on political interest”

Judge Bava

“Such tasks they did not have any judicial authorization nor were they justified by orders of service based on internal security or national defense reasons and they were carried out, in addition, in order to influence public opinion, those people and the normal development of the activities of the political agenda of that year, which according to pre-established criteria could affect the management of the then national government headed by former President Mauricio Macri ”, he explained in another passage of that resolution to which Tlam agreed.

“It is clear that these illegal actions were not carried out by the rank-and-file agents who, on their own initiative, carried out this illegal espionage, but on the contrary, they were based on a national political interest that, at the end of the chain, responds to the then President of the Nacin, Eng. Mauricio Macri ”, Judge Bava had assured.

In this file The former directors of the Federal Intelligence Agency (AFI), Gustavo Arribas and Silvia Majdalani, have already been prosecuted, in addition to those who were in charge of the Mar del Plata base of that agency whom the judge pointed out as responsible for having carried out espionage maneuvers knowing that they were prohibited by law.

This cause It began more than a year ago from a complaint made by the AFI auditor, Cristina Caamao, after the evidence of the alleged espionage stored on three pendrives was found within that body.

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