CFK.  Cristina Fernández at the first hearing of the trial.  (Federico López Claro/The Voice)

The prosecutors They reaffirmed this Friday that “an illegal device was assembled” to address 51 public works in favor of Lázaro Báez companies between 2003 and 2015 in Santa Cruz, and that “the orders emanating from the organizers” of the alleged illicit association being judged were being carried out.

”Máximo Kirchner’s participation is proven”, In addition, the prosecutor Diego Luciani affirmed. As evidence, he exhibited messages that allegedly link Cristina Fernández’s son with José López, former Secretary of Public Works. For prosecutors, “They typed every step of the public tender in Santa Cruz.”

CFK. Cristina Fernández at the first hearing of the trial. (Federico López Claro/The Voice)

Luciani opened the third hearing of the prosecution’s allegations in the trial of the vice president and former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and twelve other defendants, includingJulio de Vidobusinessman Lazaro Baez and Jose Lopez. The defendants are charged with the crimes of fraud against the public administration and illicit association.

López’s messages were anticipated by the prosecutors on the day of last Monday. They said it was a novel test.

“Were you able to speak with Maxi to define the location of the 100 blocks?”reads a message between López and Matías Bezi, a man close to the vice president’s son, which the prosecutors showed.

“Note how Máximo Kirchner was the person in charge of defining the location of the 100 blocks that were going to be resurfaced”insisted the prosecutor.

Máximo Kirchner would be implicated in the illicit association

Luciani too revealed messages from López to Máximo Kirchner. “The Viv of El Calafate and Nov. 28 are on track. On Wednesday, the two Nivello agreements are signed. Travel to both places,” reads one dated July 30, 2015.

For the prosecutors, this crossing of messages would show that Maximo Kirchner, who at that time did not hold public office, managed with Báez the works in Santa Cruz.

Maximo Kirchner Cause Hotesur / Los Sauces Photo Federico Lopez Claro

Maximo Kirchner Cause Hotesur / Los Sauces Photo Federico Lopez Claro

“It was established that the order and the rush to award this tender emanated directly from the highest of the Executive Power and in this work José López and the President’s son appear as intermediaries,” said the prosecutor. He reported that 25 million dollars were spent for one hundred blocks. That tender was won by the construction company Kank and Costilla (from Grupo Báez).

For prosecutors, “It was a simulated public tender. The work was financed with a transfer and without legal credit.

Judges, everything was prepared in advance and those who executed the plan followed the directives and orders of the heads of the organization. The participation of Máximo Kirchner is proven”insisted the prosecutor Luciani.

Last Monday, when the trial resumed, prosecutor Luciani gave the framework to the accusation: “By assuming in 2003 Nestor Kirchner the presidency of the Nation, and then his wife, Christina Elisabeth Fernandez installed and maintained within the national and provincial administration of Santa Cruz, one of the most extraordinary matrices of corruption, which, unfortunately and sadly, have been developed in the country. He also said: “This Public Prosecutor’s Office is accredited that between 2003 and 2015 an illicit pyramidal association with unique characteristics operated.”

Santa Cruz and public works

On the second day of arguments, prosecutors Luciani and Sergio Mola They pointed to the use of the Santa Cruz regulations to control the public works awarded to Austral Construcciones. Luciani maintained that in Santa Cruz there was a “Illegal rude addressing” in favor of Báez companies.

This Friday, reviewing the public tenders won by Austral Construcciones, the prosecutor said: “we have found a route to the companies of Lázaro Báez, from 1 to 51″. Later, López’s messages were presented before the tribunal made up of Judges Jorge Gorini, Andrés Basso and Rodrigo Giménez Uriburu, connected from a courtroom in Comodoro Py 2002.

Cristina, in one of the trial hearings for the Vialidad case.  (Federico López Claro/File)

Cristina, in one of the trial hearings for the Vialidad case. (Federico López Claro/File)

The prosecutor assured that the companies of the Báez group always presented themselves to the tenders, separately, and also the Petersen group that “always accompanied with a superior offer” and did not win.

“The process was becoming more and more oiled, the illegal device continued to work better and better,” he said midway through the analysis of the tenders. Luciani considered that “there was corruption and manipulation” in the bidding processes and took up something said in the last hearing, that for that they resorted to the signing of agreements between national and provincial highways.

Huge sums of money were diverted to Lázaro Báez, an attempt was made to cover up the company’s lack of capacity, in a rude maneuver”, he opined, and said he could not believe “how such acts of corruption could go unnoticed”.

In one of the cases, he gave as an example, the work “should have been carried out in 36 months, it took 90 months, overpricing was found, the work was abandoned and a new tender was called.”

“When the stocks installed between 2003 and 2015 in Santa Cruz were lifted, eleven bidders from companies interested in this tender, companies from all over the country, presented themselves,” he added.

Throughout the week, referents of the Frente de Todos and officials of the ruling coalition expressed messages of support for the Vice President through social networks, gathered with the hashtag #TodosConCristina.

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