May 20, 2013
New Police chief investigated for corruption
Santa Fe provincial Deputy Ge-rardo Rico, a member of the Kirchnerite group Movimiento Evita, said yesterday that Cristian Sola, the provincial police chief, is being investigated by the security force’s Internal Affairs department for embezzlement.
According to Rico, Sola owns a “mansion located in the town of Roldán worth half a million dollars.”
Sola was promoted to head of the Santa Fe police a few weeks ago when Hugo Tognoli first tendered his resignation, and then was arrested, accused of favouring drug-traffickers.
The lawmaker first referred to this investigation on Wednesday when Raúl Lamberto, the provincial Security Minister, attended a hearing in the Lower House to speak about Tognoli’s case.
“I did some research and Sola did not inherit that house from his parents, because they are humble people,” said Rico, adding sarcastically, “and as far as I know, he did not win the lottery.”
Lamberto also confirmed that Sola, who is 47 years old, was under investigation.
Binner backs marijuana legalization
The leader of the Broad Progressive Front (FAP), Hermes Binner, spoke yesterday in favour of the legalization of marijuana and stated that “those who wish to get high on drugs have every right to do so,” but “without involving other people.”
Binner’s statements come a day after the centre-left Buenos Aires City deputy Gabriela Cerruti posted a picture of a cannabis plant on the micro-blogging website Twitter, which sparked controversy on the Internet.
When asked about a bill to legally regulate marijuana presented by Uruguayan President José “Pepe” Mujica, the Socialist leader and former presidential candidate agreed on “the need to find a solution of this sort.”
Speaking on a radio interview, Binner said he believed a similar plan would “take the drug out of the trafficking business, which would lower the crime rate.”
Binner also stated that “Kirchnerism has reached the end of an era,” when asked about possible constitutional reform that would enable President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to run for a third term in office. Binner confirmed he rejects such an idea, adding that “a renovation is needed, it’s good for democracy.”
— Herald with DyN, Telam
Scioli voices CFK ‘support’.
Buenos Aires Governor Daniel Scioli assured yesterday he would seek “continuation with change,” aligned with President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, and will reject “those who ask me to challenge Kirchnerism more.” The governor said he would only fight against those he needed to, including “injustice and drug-traffickers.”