Alberto Fernández: “If they want to pardon the defendants, that is an amnesty and it depends on the Congress”

Cristina Kirchner is on trial in various cases, but has not yet been convicted
Cristina Kirchner is on trial in various cases, but has not yet been convicted

President Alberto Fernández reiterated that he will not pardon former officials convicted of corruption crimes, but he made a difference with respect to those who are being processed in criminal cases. “If they want to pardon the defendants, that is an amnesty and it depends on Congress, it does not depend on me”Said the head of state in an extensive interview with journalist Ernesto Tenembaum in radio Con Vos.

When asked about the possibility of granting a pardon to former officials who are convicted of crimes of corruption -such as Amado Boudou-, the president replied: “I assign a central value to the word and I campaigned saying that retirees were not going to pay more for the remedies and I complied with it, I promised the law of voluntary interruption of pregnancy and I complied with it, and I said that I was not going to issue pardons and so I will fulfill”.

The pardon for me is a monarchical hindrance that remained in the Constitution. It was a right that the kings had to forgive whoever had been convicted and in those terms it was transferred to the Constitution, which imposes some limitations. The President can pardon those who have been convicted, therefore he does not erase the conviction. If they want to pardon people who are on trial, there is no such institute, that is an amnesty and it depends on Congress, it does not depend on me. For there to be a pardon, there must be someone convicted“, development.

Along these lines, Fernández once again criticized the role of Justice during the Cambiemos administration because the processes “are full of irregularities.” “And what I ask is that the Justice review what happened in these four years because there are things that are not right,” he completed.

Amado Boudou, Luis D’Elía, Julio López, Guillermo Moreno, Ricardo Jaime and Miracle Room are some of the leaders who already have judicial sentences for different crimes. Other former officials like Julio De Vido and Vice President Cristina Kirchner herself they are processed and they could be the subject of an amnesty under the terms proposed by the head of the Executive Power.

During the report, the president also defended the head of INADI, Victoria Donda, who was denounced for having offered a social plan or a position in the State to a former domestic employee with whom she was in dispute. “It has nothing to do with his nature to want to take advantage of his position in the State,” he analyzed.

The President also denied that there is a plan by the Instituto Patria to nationalize the health system, although he admitted that it is necessary to move forward with a reform.

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