Franco and Gianfranco Macri, father and brother of President Mauricio Macri, respectively, have been called into questioning by Federal Judge Claudio Bonadio in the context of an investigation stemming from the “notebooks scandal” case, Infobae reported on Monday.
They were called because in August this year, Claudio Uberti, who between 2003 and 2007 was the head of the government agency tasked with overseeing the private companies administering different routes and highways in the country, admitted to having engaged in corrupt activities during his time in office. During those years, one of the companies part of the Macri group conglomerate owned a firm that administered two highways. Bonadio will question them on December 13th regarding potential illegal payments they could have made – or been aware of – to Uberti.
When confessing to his actions in an ultimately successful attempt to get a plea deal, Uberti recalled that then-Planning Minister Julio De Vido explained he would be in charge of the aforementioned agency, and that he had to start “raising money for politics.” “Each month, I had to get US $150,000 from every company,” he explained in his testimony before Federal Prosecutor Carlos Stornelli.
One company administering two highways is Grupo Abertis; Diego Cabot, the journalist who broke the “notebooks scandal” story, indicated that until 2001, 21 percent of the Grupo’s stock was owned by the conglomerate administered by the Macri family. “With time, the percentage shrank and was [ultimately] limited to seven percent. Finally, in May 2017, [President] Mauricio Macri’s family sold the remaining portion and left the business,” Cabot explained.
However, chances are Franco Macri will not be able to answer most of the questions accurately. In 2017, President Macri revealed that his 87-year-old father suffers from dementia.