Passport scandal: the prosecutor who sent the former custodian of Luis Lacalle Pou to jail asked for his transfer but was not given
The magistrate who is conducting the investigation said she “disclaims all responsibility” for delays in the Astesiano case, which has made no progress in weeks.
The lawyer for former presidential custodian Alejandro Astesiano emphasized that his client did not participate in any illegal action.
The tension in The internship of the Uruguayan Attorney General's Office seems to be on the rise after the transfer of prosecutors to new offices for this 2023 became known this Tuesday. Most of the changes were planned. But the The surprise came when the 12th Turn Flagrante prosecutor, Gabriela Fossati, who is in charge of the investigation against the former head of Luis Lacalle Pou's presidential security, Alejandro Astesiano, the dependency was not changed.
The Uruguayan prosecutor became relevant after being the one who provided the evidence that left Astesiano in prison for three crimes: criminal association, influence peddling and assumption of marital status.
The former head of presidential security was part of a criminal gang that has dedicated itself to falsifying documentation so that Russian citizens obtain identity cards and Uruguayan passports< /b>. In addition, in March 2013 the former presidential custodian had already been sent to prison for a continued crime of fraud.
The prosecutor in this controversial Uruguayan case was one of the candidates to occupy the First Shift Office of the Prosecutor for Economic and Complex Crimes, and therefore leave her position, but this did not happen. And that is where the problems and crossovers between the statements of the prosecutor Fossati and the court prosecutor are generated.
Why did you want to leave the prosecutor's office that she heads? There are two versions here: on the one hand, on more than one occasion, she complained about the pressure she received; and on the other hand, she understands that the case of the former custodian must be in a specialized prosecutor's office, with more personnel and resources, which allow the case to move forward.
Gabriela Fossati (Photo: El Observador)
The prosecutor complained on her Twitter account, responding to the arguments given by the court prosecutor, Juan Gómez, to keep her in office. And in turn, she said that her use of social networks was the reason why she did not transfer it.
“Really? I receive messages from my superior by this means? Raising a contradiction between her decisions and the public request for speed by senators and the Executive is not a 'whim'. Groping and disrespect, no!” She wrote in her first message.
A while later, she tweeted again and referred to the “dossier” that an anonymous delivered to the Prosecutor's Office with a series of supposed “likes” from the magistrate on Twitter. Fossati explained that the decision not to transfer her has to do with that folder that was sent to the Court prosecutor and that it contained an investigation into the prosecutor's use of her social networks.
In addition He said that he disclaims all responsibility, and that it seems unusual to him that in a case where the entire political system asks for a quick response, the Attorney General's Office creates a situation so that this does not happen.
What says the Attorney General of the Nation
Although the prosecutor complains about not being transferred, the nation's attorney general gives another version. Gómez assured that on December 22 he received a message from Fossati in which he stated that he did not want to go to Economic Crimes. “I pretend to be moderately serious in what one says and does. If he sends me a message saying that he is not interested in December 22, and I have to organize the services of the Prosecutor's Office, I cannot sit idly by,” said the court prosecutor in dialogue with Montevideo Portal.
The Court prosecutor, Juan Gómez, indicated that there are no sound arguments for the case to be transferred to another Prosecutor's Office (Presidency)
“What I did, out of respect for any prosecutor, is to tell her that this time she was not going to be transferred to the Economic Crimes Prosecutor. That led to a long talk, she establishing her complaints, to which I told her that she had publicly stated in Búsqueda that she was not interested in going to Economics and she told me personally on December 22. These things are not resolved on a whim,” added Gómez.
What is the case of the former custodian at?
The case has not advanced, at least in the information that is publicly known. Marcos Prieto, lawyer for former presidential custodian Alejandro Astesiano, stressed that his client did not participate in any illegal action. One of the axes that the case has had has been Astesiano's conversations with other people, such as police officers, in which he is accused of influence peddling.
The case of the former Uruguayan presidential custodian is not progressing.
Astesiano's defense attorney said a week ago that “if it is proven that his conduct deviated from what was expected, he will pay what he has to pay.” But he added that his client is experiencing more of a “ mediatic than a legal ” case.