for justice, there is planning, and some

The 35-year-old attacker and his 23-year-old girlfriend have been charged with the attempted murder of Argentina’s vice president, “with prior planning and agreement between the two of them”.

For justice in Argentina, there is premeditation, and several, in the failed attack against the vice-president Cristina Kirchner: the judge in charge of the investigation formally remains in a “plan an initial agreement” against the killer and his accomplice, the only prisoners at this stage. The 35-year-old attacker and a 23-year-old woman are accused of trying to kill Cristina Kirchner “with prior planning and agreement between them”, according to the indictment, which was quoted in full by many Argentine media, including the official Telam agency. The charge is still provisional at this stage of the preliminary investigation, within ten days of work, but it confirms the growing conviction of the investigation that the attack was prepared.

Fernando André Sabag Montiel, 35, was arrested on Thursday night at the scene of the attack, when he just pointed a pistol about one meter from the head of Cristina Kirchner, in the middle of a group of sympathizers who he was with other than him. house For some reason that has not been officially confirmed, the shot did not go off, even though the weapon – a 7.65 caliber Bersa pistol – was loaded and working, but apparently there was no bullet involved in the chamber.

Brenda Ulliarte, his young companion, was arrested on Sunday night at the train station in Buenos Aires. In television interviews 48 hours after the attack, he assured that he had not seen his friend for two days. Analysis of video surveillance images has since shown that the two were at the scene of the attack on the same night, according to judicial sources cited by the media. Brenda Uliarte “It was around where they were together, and it was determined that they had the seized weapon with its ammunition from the first date, at least since August 5”the indictment says.

The two accused did not make a statement during their appearance before the judge, Sabag Montiel confined himself to declaring, according to the same source: “Brenda had nothing to do with it”. A week after the attack, the motives and profile of Cristina Kirchner’s assailant remain unclear, although investigators are slowly gaining certainty of premeditation, the size and number of participants that remains to be determined. . So the investigation of a group of five young people, close to the couple, is interesting. They were heard after spontaneously showing themselves following the arrest of Brenda Ulliarte. Their phones were seized, and their exchanges in the last days were scrutinized.

A “mythomaniac” or a “marginal”

Sabag Montiel, of Brazilian nationality, son of an Argentinian and a Chilean, has lived in Argentina since his childhood. He did not know of a new job but, according to the testimony, he was working as a VTC driver. In 2021, he was arrested for carrying a 35 cm knife. According to photos on his Instagram account, he has several tattoos, including a black sun and a cross similar to the Iron Cross, which is related to the Nazi symbol. But so far no sign of active politics has been found. Testimonies from neighbors and a teenage friend described him as a somewhat withdrawn character, a “mythomaniac” hope “marginal”, somewhat lost according to this friend. He is according to the witnesses of financial difficulties recently: two cars of his remained for months in a garage because he could not pay for repairs, according to the mechanic.

The attack on Ms. Kirchner, 69, a Peronist figurehead who left, and is still influential in Argentine politics seven years after leaving the presidency, has sparked protests. It brought together tens of thousands of people in a country in a state of shock, where the government and opposition accused each other of creating a climate of “hate”. Another concrete result is that the government removed part of the security service of the vice-president on Wednesday, considering “that they are not at the expected level”according to official sources cited by Telam.

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