The latest twist in the Cristina Kirchner – Oscar Parrilli scandal has emerged, as the judge who authorized the recording of a headline-generating telephone conversation between the former President and the former Intelligence Agency chief came forth to tell his side of the story.
In an interview on Radio La Red this morning, Judge Ariel Lijo said that he was surprised that audio in which CFK says “framed” instead of “accused” had been disseminated, as the conversation was recorded last year and forms part of a huge body of evidence in relation to a separate investigation.
He went on to explain that, contrary to Parrilli’s claim that the interception was illegal, the recording formed part of a legitimate investigation into Parrilli for allegedly covering-up information that may have led to the arrest of former “pharmaceutical entrepreneur” and current fugitive, Ibar Perez Corradi. Corradi, who disappeared in 2012 before being captured on the triple frontier between Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil in June of 2016, was wanted for his suspected masterminding of the grisly 2008 Triple Homicide, in which three men were murdered in relation to ephedrine trafficking.
Moreover, Lijo pointed out that Parrilli knew about, and had copies of, all the recordings: “in order to organize his defense, he needs to know all the evidence against him.”
“What happened was the telephones of Parrilli and three others were taped at the time that Pérez Corradi was detained. These were judicial interventions with a legal basis that is in the case file – which I of course can’t reveal – but which produced a number of hours of phone recordings. There are 90 CDs of audio linked to Parrilli’s case alone, along with and 70 more that related to other accused.”
In response to Cristina Kirchner’s claim that he was mounting a “political operation” against her, Lijo said “this is a criminal investigation like any other…This evidence has been in the case file for many months.” He also denied any wrongdoing on the Supreme Court’s behalf: “the Court doesn’t have access to the recordings.”
Meanwhile, in the twitter and facebook-sphere, Kirchner is trying to get a #watergateautoctono (#homegrownwatergate) trend happening. Let’s see what happens next.