After the controversy generated by the dissemination of the photo of President Alberto Fernández at the birthday celebration of the first lady Fabiola Yáñez on July 14, 2020 in Quinta de Olivos, the former judge and criminal lawyer Eduardo Gerome considered that both “they have to pay” for the “crime” they committed.
“The established fines do not see why the first lady and the President do not have to pay them. Does he have a crown? He has to lead by example,” Gernome said in statements to Clarion.
When asked about the crime committed by Fernández and Yáñez, as well as those who attended the birthday party, the criminal lawyer replied: “To prevent the spread of the epidemic it was established that social gatherings could not be held, because the law was broken. Well the President and the rest they committed that crime“.
“The Article 205 of the Penal Code talk about violate the measures adopted by the authority to prevent the introduction or spread of an epidemic. Well, exactly Article 205 was committed by everyone who was at that meeting, “he said.
The birthday of the first lady in full strict forty on July 14, 2020.
Regarding the penalties implied by said breach of article 205, he specified: “You have a sentence of up to two years in prison. It is not simply a fine, it is a crime. The crime was committed by the President, who is the one who must set an example to society that if he commits a crime, he pays for it. “
“There is a crime called breach of the duties of a public official, which is to breach the laws that should be observed. So, there may also be a breach of the duties of a public official, because he is breaking the laws that he himself dictated, “he stressed.
Along these lines, Gerome questioned: “He (Alberto Fernández) It does not have a crown, it would have to be the example not the exception. What’s more, he should have reported himself and said ‘I committed a crime, I’m going to court and they investigate me.’
“The President, far from being exempted from complying with the law, is the first to comply with it, because the only preaching is by example,” the lawyer emphasized.
Finally, he affirmed that “the guests must also pay the fine”, and clarified: “Their fine does not concern me because no one knows them. An example that the President and his wife have to set before the population. “
A barrage of fines for violating the quarantine
In the City of Buenos Aires, since March 20, when the Preventive and Compulsory Social Isolation (ASPO) was decreed to November 6, when it ceased, 3,069 people were detained and another 47,129 were delayed, notified or transferred to the home for violating the quarantine.
In addition, according to data accessed by Clarín, at the same time, line 147 served a total of 61,695 complaints of quarantine violation ordered by the Government and 512 vehicles were seized, mostly because they did not have a driving license.
For its part, since the beginning of the restrictions, the Government Control Agency (AGC) closed 250 bars and restaurants for not complying with the protocols. There were 70 throughout 2020 and 180 so far this year.
In the province of Buenos Aires there were also a large number of records and complaints of quarantine violations. For each case, in only one of the Buenos Aires Police departments, 168 infractions were made for clandestine parties and 1280 minutes were drawn up for violating the restrictions.
The case of the premier fined for a birthday
Erna Solberg, Premier of Norway.
One of the cases of quarantine violation in the face of the coronavirus pandemic was carried out by the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, who had to pay a fine of almost 2,000 euros for breaching the restrictions imposed by her own government.
Police spokesman Ole Saeverud indicated that the fine is due to the president’s attendance at a birthday party, as reported by the NRK chain.
Solberg had already admitted that he violated the measures in force last February when he attended a family event at a ski resort.
At each of the meetings the prime minister attended, there were about 15 people, while the maximum number was 10.
“I should have known,” said the Prime Minister of Norway when she apologized for her actions, and acknowledged that someone like her, who tells people how to take care of the virus “must know the measures.”