A slow investigation, with multiple resources and requests for evidence that delay strong decisions until after the election and that rule out the crimes of the Penal Code to focus on possible administrative sanctions or fines. That’s what the Casa Rosada awaits on the investigation about the hundreds of admissions and multiple meetings in the Quinta de Olivos during the past year, when Argentina was practically paralyzed by the restrictions to mitigate the effects of the pandemic.
Alberto Fernández, according to Clarion officials of his extreme confidence and who spoke with him on the subject in the last hours, he is convinced that the birthday party of his partner Fabiola Yáñez cannot be framed in conduct punishable by Article 205 of the Penal Code: “It will be punished with imprisonment from six months to two years, Anyone who violates the measures adopted by the competent authorities, to prevent the introduction or spread of a epidemic”.
According to the President’s perception, as none of the 12 people who shared the dinner with him on July 14, 2020 – to the 12 that appear in the image that unleashed the scandal, at least the person who took the photo must be added – was infected, there is no way link that behavior with the proliferation of the coronavirus. This idea of the President is based on the idea that criminal law is intended to protect legal assets – in this case public health – and not the validity of a specific law.
It is not what the judicial officials who carry out the investigation think. In the federal prosecutor’s office of Ramiro González they maintain that the article penalty “violation of the measures” regardless of the result that behavior had.
Alberto Fernandez Fabiola Yañez Birthday – Party in Olivos
Fernández admitted in his inner circle, however, that he does hope that the case will investigate the violation of DNU 576/2020 that was in force on the night of the dinner. “I violated the prohibition to participate in social gatherings of more than ten people, I cannot deny that”, Said the President in a telephone conversation on Friday night, after returning from the campaign event in Olavarría in which he admitted his participation in the celebration for the 39 years of his partner. In that case, Fernández believes that by not complying with a DNU like that -even though he signed it himself- you can only expect “an administrative sanction or a fine”.
That perception could be well received by González, who along with other prosecutors made several zoom encounters during the hardest moments of the quarantine, when the prosecutors’ offices and the courts received a storm of complaints for violations of the Isolation Decrees, such as the one carried out by the President. From what can be verified by analyzing the fate of thousands of these complaints – some 25,000 files accumulated throughout the country – in court decisions there are many probations, fines and others. mild penalties.
The Government’s intention that cause walk slow even after the election it has a good chance of being satisfied. Prosecutor González, according to court sources, let his team know that he has no intention of involving the file in the conflicts that characterize any electoral campaign. In other words: we will have to wait to perceive relevant progress. For now, the Military House continues to delay sending the entry and exit records and the Fifth that the prosecutor requested.
Out of the files, however, the scandal still transits unpredictable terrain. It is clear that, in addition to the judicial impact that the revelations of the social gatherings in Olivos may have, the entrance to the Quinta of friends and relatives of the presidential couple and of collaborators whose work in times of pandemic is completely expendable – hairdressers, costume designers, dog trainers – or face-to-face appointments with celebrity stars that could have been replaced with a phone call in case they were unavoidable to develop the President’s mandate , strongly punished the image of Fernández.
Alberto Fernández and the first lady, Fabiola Yañez, in Misiones.
Could this degradation worsen the performance of the ruling party in next month’s elections? “For us, with what the President said, the case is over, but we know that it will continue in opposition statements and in media publications. Our voter does not change the vote, but it is true that it can affect the independent vote“One of those responsible for the official electoral campaign who is active in” albertism “told this newspaper.
Another of the important leaders of the Front of All, which is not counted in the group of presidential slopes, has a more pessimistic view. “What happened is all bad for us. The meeting was bad, the photo was bad and Alberto’s reaction was bad. He hit us on the waterline of our electorate and that is why we are going to have to endure this happening ”, he analyzed.
Cristina Kirchner, more practice, wants the scandal to be resolved with a resignation of some of the men closest to the President, something similar to what happened with the VIP vaccination case, which led to the departure of Ginés González García. Although she has already spoken by phone with the President about the scandal, the Vice President you will have the opportunity to speak with him in person on Tuesday, when they share a campaign act on Maciel Island.
Consulted by Clarion Regarding that surgical claim of the vice president, one of the ministers loyal to the President replied with a bitter smile: “And who is going to resign? Fabiola’s hairdresser? ”.