Heads up: this weekend was intense and this week’s gearing up to be as well. So here’s what you should be on the lookout for over the next few days:
- Former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner arrives at Aeroparque airport today at 10:10 PM and there is going to be a crowd welcoming her to the City of Buenos Aires.
- Former Economy Minister Axel Kicillof will testify in court tomorrow in the investigation over alleged irregularities in the sale of future dollar contracts by the Central Bank (BCRA) last year.
- Cristina will testify in court on Wednesday for the same case. There are going to be marches in support of her, so prepare for generalized chaos.
- Wednesday is also the day that the US Court of Appeals will decide whether or not to lift the injunction that does not allow Argentina to pay off its debts to the holdouts, or vulture funds, that have been litigating against Argentina over defaulted bonds. Read more: Vulture Funds Conflict: A Comprehensive Timeline.
- Vicky Xipolitakis, our favorite local celebrity famous for being famous, is also set to testify in court over flouting flight codes last year and endangering the lives of those on board. She was supposed to testify on Wednesday, but asked for her court date to be postponed to Thursday in order to avoid sharing the spotlight with Cristina.
I know, I know. It’s a little overwhelming and Friday is eons away. Just fix yourself another morning coffee, take a deep breath and we’ll take a look at what happened over the weekend. Okay? Baby steps. Here we go.
- Leonardo Fariña testified as a protected witness on Friday for a staggering 12 hours regarding the Lázaro Báez Case: his statements on the enormous money laundering scheme led to charges being leveled against Cristina and raids in different provinces. Read more: What Is The Lázaro Báez Case And Why Is It So Significant?
- You guessed it, the other big news was that a prosecutor formally charged Cristina for being involved in a massive money laundering scheme. Shocking as this may be, this does not mean that she is guilty or going to prison: the prosecutor simply believes that there’s enough reason to treat her as a suspect. Read more: Prosecutor Formally Accuses Cristina Kirchner Of Involvement In Money Laundering Scheme.
- Regarding the vulture funds, Special Master (mediator) Daniel Pollack announced on Sunday that after further negotiations on Thursday and Friday, Argentina reached agreements with even more bondholders for a sum of US $253 million:
“In my capacity as Special Master, I am extremely gratified that approximately 90 percent of bondholders at issue in the cases in the Southern District of New York have now reached settlements with Argentina,” read Pollack’s statement.
Yay! Except now we have to see what the US Court of Appeals says on Wednesday.
- Onto something a little more heartwarming than Pollack and the holdouts: yesterday, for the first time in Latin America, a same-sex marriage was celebrated in a synagogue in Buenos Aires City. The pair had already married legally five years ago and thanks to the communities of NCI-Emanu El and JAG (Association of Gay Jewish Argentines), they were able to officiate their marriage in a religious ceremony. Mazel tov!
There. All done. Go forth and show yourself to be well informed, my loyal Monday readers!