One of the most prestigious institutions in the country, the Argentine Rural Society (SRA) is the main voice for rural interests in Argentina. On Sunday, the president of the SRA, Daniel Pelegrina, made a speech addressing the ongoing notebook scandal at the Rural Exhibition in Salta. In the discourse, Pelegrina stressed how important it was for the Argentine justice to swiftly and resolutely resolve the matter.
“In the midst of the pain that is caused by seeing Argentina’s most significant corruption chronicles unravel, the Justice system emerges as a symbol of hope to which we must cling,” Pelegrina stated during his speech, referring to the ongoing corruption case that accuses the Kirchner camp of running a widespread web of corruption in which enormous sums of bribe money were traded for political favors.
Pelegrina referred to a culture of corruption in Argentina that—in the past—has gone largely unpunished, and doubled down on his hope that things were finally changing.
“As the case advances, in spite of the natural incredulity that we might feel, we begin to also sense that this case is not simply an unfulfilled desire to see justice done, but that perhaps, after a long wait, we are finally facing a more tangible, more concrete phenomenon,” the president of the SRA emphasized.
“We call for the Justice to pursue this case until its end, and—once and for all—end impunity in Argentina,” Pelegrina stressed, as if he were speaking directly to federal judge Claudio Bonadio, who is overseeing the notorious case.
With regard to the strong ties that the SRA itself maintained with the Kirchner camp throughout the administrations of both Néstor and Cristina Kirchner, Pelegrina underscored the importance of personal responsibility, accountability, and ultimately moving in the right direction.
“We will assume all responsibility, however it might affect us, in the ongoing moral and economic reconstruction of Argentina, as we do every day,” Pelegrina stated in the increasingly emotive call to action.
“It is only in this way that an Argentine republic that is deserving of the generations to come can truly be reborn.”