Judge Daniel Rafecas archived the Néstor Kirchner gas pipeline case

the federal judge Daniel Rafecas filed todayafter ten days of investigation, the case that had been opened to investigate alleged irregularities in the construction of the Nestor Kirchner gas pipeline.

The file is a non-definitive closure of the file, which could be reopened if evidence to justify it appears in the future. “In 99% of cases, archived files are not reopened,” he warned today to THE NATION a source who worked on this cause.

According to sources from the Rafecas court, “after obtaining all the documentation, taking statements and listening to experts in both gas extraction and transportation, the magistrate concluded that the bidding process is being carried out in accordance with the regulations and taking into account the urgency of its implementation”.

The same sources reported that Rafecas affirmed in his ruling that all the indications of alleged irregularities were discarded because they were not true and that, furthermore, concluded that federal justice was not called to hinder or interfere in strategic policies“based on hasty complaints that, shortly after, are inconducive to sustain a criminal case.”

As reported THE NATION, the judge had warned that he was going to resolve this case as soon as possible; to close it or to move forward. From the beginning of this file, in court they said that a case thus opened was an anchor for the development of the work, in itself complicated.

In this case, the former Minister Matias Kulfas Y Antonio Pronsato, who directed the Executing Unit of Enarsa that is in charge of the construction of the gas pipeline. None said they had noticed irregularities. In addition, hearings were held with the companies that extract gas in Dead cow so that they could explain what the “technical requirements” of the gas pipeline are needed and with the gas oil transport companies.

Kulfas, who before the judge denied having known any crime related to the gas pipeline, had originally suggested that Ieasa (now renamed Energía Argentina), the company that is bidding for the works, should have made a different statement so that other companies could compete and had highlighted that those who lead this organization are people close to the vice president (it is chaired by Agustín Gerez, from Santa Cruz).

Rafecas was chosen by Alberto Fernandez to fill the position of Attorney General of the Nation, vacant since the resignation of Alejandra Gils Carbó, but the President was unable to get the Senate to agree to the appointment.

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