The president of Argentina, the Peronist Alberto Fernández, received the Spanish jurist Baltasar Garzón in his office at Casa Rosada, in Buenos Aires, government sources reported.
The Presidency did not give details of the content of the conversation and only disseminated a photograph in which both are seen, sitting and smiling, posing for a photograph.
The state news agency Télam specified that the meeting was in the president's office and stressed that it took place after it was known that Garzón will integrate, together with other international jurists, an "ethical tribunal" that will analyze cases considered to be 'lawfare' (judicial war).
This court will be dedicated to analyzing and ruling on cases and processes that are considered relevant to judicial "persecutions", genocides, crimes against humanity, war and environmental.
When presenting the initiative in Madrid last November, the former denounced the "political use" of Justice and cited cases in Latin America such as that of former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to say that "a kind of submission of the judiciary to the executive "or that he is put" at the service "of the latter as appropriate.
However, he said that the so-called "Common Court of Action" is not a court and, therefore, will not issue judgments, but rather "opinions."
In Argentina, the former president and current vice president Cristina Fernández, prosecuted in many cases for alleged corruption, insists on her innocence and that she is a victim of the so-called 'lawfare', for which she claims she suffers a political persecution promoted by the former president, Mauricio Macri (2015-2019).
On several occasions, the current president has declared that in Argentina there are "arbitrary detainees" and he came to affirm that Macri "used" Justice to "persecute" his now vice president.
Last Friday, the Association of Argentine Journalistic Entities (Adepa) expressed its "absolute rejection" to the "ethics court" presented by Garzón, since in the opinion of the organization it will include the "questioning" of the work of journalists.
In a statement, Adepa expressed its "concern" for the creation, "by sectors linked to the defense of politicians and officials," of a court for the trial of lawfare, which will be based in Spain, but "with local implications, and that includes the questioning, already anticipated, of the work of journalists. "
Garzón, who gained international fame for dictating in 1998 an indictment against former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet for the death and torture of Spanish citizens during his tenure, is part of the legal team that defends Bolivian former president Evo Morales, who lives in Argentina since last December and is accused in his country for alleged sedition and terrorism.
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