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Lawfare is the abuse of legal instruments to achieve political gains through tactics such as false accusations, fraudulent procedural delays, or convictions for uncorroborated facts. Over the past two decades, we have witnessed an expansion of the use of lawfare as a tool by political actors to achieve goals they have not been able to reach politically via the ballot box. Lawfare has been used successfully against many former Latin American Presidents such as Manuel Zelaya, Rafael Correa, Fernando Lugo, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Dilma Rousseff, Evo Morales. Currently, it is being used against the Vice-President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.
The constant judicial persecution that Vice-President Fernández de Kirchner has endured puts the country’s democracy at risk. The judicial and media persecution against Kirchner has a clear political objective: to disqualify her from participating in the 2023 presidential elections.
On August 2, 2022, Argentine Federal prosecutor Diego Luciani accused Kirchner of integrating an “illicit association” during her administration (2007-2015), in alleged crimes that began during the previous presidency of her late husband, Néstor Kirchner (2003-2007). Luciani is seeking 12 years in prison and a “special life disqualification” from public office for Kirchner.
On September 1, 2022, Kirchner survived an attempted assassination when a man pointed a loaded gun at her head. This comes on the heels of judicial persecution.
Join us for a discussion about the implications of Lawfare in Latin America and how it is currently being applied in Argentina.
Aníbal Ibarra, former Mayor of Buenos Aires and Federal Prosecutor. Ibarra is currently a criminal defense lawyer and member of the Broad Front political party.
Camila Escalante, PressTV’s Latin American correspondent and Editor of Kawsachun News.
Sponsored by La Frente Grande – Argentina.