The Argentine government expanded its lawsuit against former President Mauricio Macri (2015-2019) for allegedly delivering ammunition and anti-riot equipment to Bolivia to quell protests in that country in November 2019 after Evo Morales ran out of cans.
According to official sources, the security ministers Sabina Frederic and the justice ministers Martín Soria as well as the head of the finance ministry Mercedes Marcó del Pont, all complainants in this case, presented new evidence to the judiciary.
In addition, by expanding the lawsuit, they are extending alleged responsibilities to three former Macri government officials: former head of cabinet Marcos Peña, former foreign minister Jorge Faurie and former secretary for strategic affairs Fulvio Pompeo.
The first lawsuit was filed last July and focuses on the alleged “illegal delivery of arms and ammunition” to Bolivia, “repressive material” which, according to the complainants, was made available to “the dictatorship” by Jeanine Áñez.
The complaint came after the Fernández government launched an administrative investigation to gather records of the alleged shipment of materials to Bolivia.
The material is said to have arrived on an Argentine Air Force plane that was launched on Aug.
The Argentine troops arrived in La Paz the day after Áñez assumed the presidency of Bolivia after Evo Morales on Jan.
According to the administrative investigation conducted by the Argentine government, official records show the releases of firearms, ammunition, bulletproof vests, pepper spray and harassment gas hand grenades, among other things.
According to Fernández government sources, the new evidence presented shows “that hours before the military plane carrying the cargo illegally took off for Bolivia, the highest political bodies of the Macrista government met with low-ranking officials who exploited illegal smuggling”. .
The new evidence presented includes the entry documents to Casa Rosada, the seat of the Argentine executive, dated November 12, 2019, which, according to the complainants, “shows that the decision was made there to send repressive material to Bolivia”.