The president of the Commission of impeachment, Carolina Gaillard, presides over a hearing of the lawsuit against the Supreme Court. Photo: Adrian Escandar

The Committee of Accused of the Chamber of Deputies, chaired by the pro-government deputy Carolina Gaillard, summoned this Thursday, February 23, nine members of the Judiciary, among which stand out the federal magistrates Alejo Ramos Padille there Sergio Ramoswith the aim of opening a new stage in the political trial against the members of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nationpromoted by the president Alberto Fernandez.

The hearing marks the beginning of a new stage in the trial, that of producing evidence against the four courtiers, Horacio Rosatti, Carlos Rosenkrantz, Juan Carlos Maqueda and Ricardo Lorenzettiwhom the ruling party accuses of poor performance in their functions.

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To this end, the magistrates and magistrates were summoned to the hearing scheduled for 11 am in room I of the Chamber of Deputies. The ruling party seeks to focus today on the leak of alleged conversations between the former security minister of Buenos Aires – on license – Marcelo D´Alessandro there Sergio Roblesright arm of Rosatti, President of the Court.

Horacio Rosatti (president) Carlos Rosenkrantz (vice-president) Juan Carlos Maqueda, Ricardo Lorenzetti, members of the Supreme Court
Horacio Rosatti (president) Carlos Rosenkrantz (vice-president) Juan Carlos Maqueda, Ricardo Lorenzetti, members of the Supreme Court

Indeed, the deputies of In front of all within the Commission, they seek to establish as evidence of the accusation against the supreme judges the exchange, reflected in the alleged conversations, of information on sensitive cases involving leaders of the ruling party.

Ramos Padilla, federal judge of La Plata, and Ramos, federal judge of the city of Buenos Aires, intervened in the complaints that arose in reaction to the leak. While the magistrate of Buenos Aires decided to archive the presentation arguing that the evidence came from an illegal act, the judge of La Plata declared himself incompetent but specified in his resolution that it was not proven that the conversations came from illegal espionage, under the terms of the laws in force. After that, he referred the matter to Comodoro Py.

This discussion is one that could be amplified during the meeting convened this Thursday to the deputies.

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10 days ago, the president of the official bench, german martineza man close to President Alberto Fernández, had said they would organize “a roadmap” to move forward in the process promoted by the President on the first day of 2023.

Deputy Germán Martínez in the Impeachment Committee (Maximiliano Luna)
Deputy Germán Martínez to the Impeachment Committee (Maximiliano Luna)

Martínez, also a member of the Political Judgment Commission, said the ruling party had drawn up a work plan for the development of evidence, citing witnesses and experts. Between testimonies and denunciations, the deputies of the Frente de Todos seek to prove that the judges of the Court failed in their duty of impartiality, for the benefit of the opposition.

“Once the investigation has been opened, we must establish a timetable for the development of evidence, summon witnesses, experts and generate measures of evidence that help us determine whether the initial suspicions are consolidated,” said Martínez, deputy of the province of Santa Fe. .

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The trial against the judges of the Court began on January 26, with the stage in which the ruling party succeeded in issuing a favorable opinion to advance the trial for the impeachment of the courtiers. On that day, the representative of Juntos por el Cambio, Álvaro González, summed up the position of the country’s main opposition force, saying that the process “is stillborn” and only pursues the objective of “smearing and tarnish the image of seeking”.

This position is mainly based on the impossibility for the party in power to obtain the dismissal of the judges of the Court with the balance of power which is currently occurring in the Chamber of Deputies. This is because it does not have a sufficient number of legislators to approve it.

Despite this, the ruling party has decided to go through the process, which is interpreted by opponents as a strategy to burn out members of the country’s highest judicial body.

The insurmountable differences on this issue between the ruling party and the opposition have so far marred the period of extraordinary sessions, which will end on February 28, as Together for Change has refused to provide a quorum to meet until that the government would not withdraw the charge against the judges of the Court.

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