The Federal Criminal and Correctional Chamber ordered the reopening of a case against Guillermo Moreno for his acting as harassment with the company Papel Prensa when he was secretary of Interior Commerce of the government of Cristina Kirchner.
Judges Martín Irurzun and Leopoldo Bruglia -with the dissenting vote of Eduardo Farah- decided to unarchive the complaint against Moreno made by Héctor Magnetto and Bartolomé Miter, who were the most responsible for the Grupo Clarín and La Nación, shareholders of Papel Prensa.
After the appeal of the prosecutor Carlos Stornelli, the chambermaids ordered Judge Ariel Lijo to investigate the former Kirchner official for the crimes of threats, extortion and abuse of authority.
Moreno ordered a report in 2010 on the transfer of Papel Prensa during the dictatorship, for which he requested information from the AFIP, the National Securities Commission (CNV), the SIGEN and the General Inspection of Justice, among other organizations. , granting himself judicial functions that did not correspond to him.
In addition, the former Kirchner official carried out a series of activities to pressure the heads of those organizations, who they caused the resignation of the then head of the CNV, Eduardo Hecker.
Judge Irurzun stated that “the reasons that led to the file” of the case “are not appropriate.” And he recalled another case that this same Chamber dealt with, where a series of actions were detected that allow sustaining “the existence of a systematic activity aimed at harassing Grupo Clarín companies that responded to a specific plan by Guillermo Moreno “.
Judge Farah did not share that criterion, since in the other case mentioned by Irurzun, Moreno is charged with similar crimes. There is “identity of subject, object and cause,” Farah argued.
He even recalled that in that other case a meeting was mentioned that Moreno held with the then head of the CNV, Eduardo Hecker, where the former Kirchner official He suggested carrying out activities against Papel Prensa, that the then head of the CNV “was not willing to travel and for that reason made the decision to resign,” Farah said.
Despite this, Judge Bruglia held that when Lijo filed this case did not make “a correct assessment of the background of the case“, since it does not appear that the actions deployed by Moreno” corresponded to the powers assigned “to the Ministry of Internal Trade.
“Faced with an action that in principle would exceed the functional powers, the possible commission of an illicit act in the exercise of the position cannot be ruled out,” said Bruglia, who was summoned to tie the tie, after the excuse of Judge Norberto Boico, former lawyer of Vice President Cristina Kirchner.
Former President Cristina Kirchner presented in August 2010 the Moreno’s report “Papel Prensa – La Verdad”, where Miter, Magnetto and the then director of Clarion, Ernestina Herrera de Noble, of crimes against humanity, Then the Justice declared the non-existence of crimes and dismissed the three accused by the former president, in a ruling that was ratified by the Supreme Court of the Nation.
Guillermo Moreno has already been processed by the same Chamber II of the Buenos Aires Federal Chamber for the falsification of an assembly minutes of Papel Prensa also occurred in 2010 and presented to the Commercial Justice in the midst of the Kirchnerism dispute against La Nación and Clarín Group.
What’s more,Moreno was sentenced to 2 years and 6 months in prison, plus the perpetual disqualification to practice as a public official and the obligation to return the sums stolen, for using public funds to buy anti-party favors. Clarion.
These court rulings are in line with the sentences already received by other former Kirchner officials, who were also part of a plan of harassment from the State against theClarín Group, when the president was Cristina Kirchner. They are the former AFSCA head, Martín Sabbatella, and the former Communications Secretary, Lisandro Salas.
Sabbatella has a six-month prison sentence and disqualification for one year from holding public office, due to “abuse of authority” in his management at the head of the Federal Authority for Audiovisual Communication Services (AFSCA), during the government of Cristina Kirchner, due to irregularities and pressure on Clarín Group to forcefully adapt it to the audiovisual media law in 2014.
While, in another trial, Salas received a sentence of six months in prison and disqualification for one year from holding public office, for “abuse of authority”, irregularly remove Fibertel’s license, of Cablevisión, when it was from Clarín Group.
The sentences of former Kirchner officials Moreno, Sabbatella and Salas they were ratified by the Federal Criminal Cassation Chamber.