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Federal Judge Ariel Lijo requested access to the official communications of the former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and other high ranking Kirchnerite officials yesterday, as part of his investigation on charges formally pressed against members of the Kirchner administration by the late Prosecutor Alberto Nisman.

Nisman had accused CFK and members of her administration of covering up Iran’s role in the AMIA Jewish Center bombing in exchange for trade deals, and that one day after doing so he was found dead in his house with a single gunshot to the head.

The circumstances of his death are still unclear and prompted a separate investigation which overlaps with his accusation in areas because last year the Supreme Court determined that regardless of how he died — suicide or homicide — it happened as consequence of his role as prosecutor investigating the AMIA case.

Former Kirchnerite Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman, Legal and Technical Secretary Carlos Zannini and head of the AFI Intelligence Oscar Parrilli are some of the other former officials whose communications Lijo will go over. In order to do so, he requested access to the emails they sent from the servers of the Casa Rosada, the Foreign Ministry and the PTN (the Executive Branch’s legal team), as well as the written communications they sent through internal messaging platforms.

Federal Judge Ariel Lijo. Photo via Nexofin
Federal Judge Ariel Lijo. Photo via Nexofin

Although regardless of whether they end up being found guilty or not, one would expect that if the country’s top officials are going to plot an international conspiracy to cover up a terrorist attack that left 86 people dead, they at least wouldn’t use official channels to do so.

However, and perhaps most importantly, Lijo also allowed Prosecutor Gerardo Pollicita to request records of the non-official communication that took place between officials and the Supreme Court, in charge of the agency that orders wiretapping when necessary.

If Pollicita ends up moving forward with this last measure, it wouldn’t be all that surprising if over the coming weeks, certain outlets start publishing alleged conversations between the former president and some of these officials that don’t paint them in the best light, but for reasons that don’t have anything to do with this case in particular.

A situation of the kind took place throughout February, when Infobae and La Nación published a series of alleged conversations between Fernández and Oscar Parrilli, where they discussed the need to pressure members of the Judicial Branch to call  Parrilli’s predecessor at the Intelligence Agency, Antonio “Jaime” Stiuso, in for questioning in a case where he was being charged.

The phone tapping in this case was also authorized by Judge Lijo, as part of a separate investigation looking at Parrilli for allegedly covering up information that may have led to the arrest of national fugitive, Ibar Perez Corradi, at the time he was wanted for his involvement in the infamous Triple Homicide of 2008.

Cristina and Parrilli.
Cristina and Parrilli.

The alleged conversations that made the news however, didn’t have anything to do with the case being investigated, and featured quotes from the former president verbally abusing Parrilli and not holding back in terms of her use of rather salty language when talking about her political opponents. In the most resounding conversation, Fernández called Parrilli a Pelotudo, something that spurred a plethora of headlines and memes.