April 20, 2014
Lawmakers accuse Edenor and Edesur of sabotage in blackouts
Buenos Aires city lawmakers Gustavo Vera, of UNEN, and Proyecto Sur’s Pablo Bergel have filed a criminal complaint against power companies Edenor and Edesur, accusing them of sabotage due to the disruption caused by two weeks of blackouts.
The National Regulation Entity for Electric Energy (ENRE) was also included in the litigation, the aims of which Vera and Bergel today described:
"It is appropriate to investigate if by means of underinvestment and the hollowing out of energy providers the service has been disorganised, with the result of disrupting commercial industrial, social and economic development in the City of Buenos Aires and other districts of the conurbation," the complaint explained.
“We seek an investigation regarding the involvement of officials in the Chief of Staff's office and within the Federal Ministry of Planning in a possible dereliction of duty.”
In addition, the Lower House members remarked that “despite the fact that the control entities and the National Executive, whose officials integrate their directive boards, were aware of [the blackouts] they did not take the measures needed to prevent bigger consequences such as those clients are still suffering.”
Law 13.985, titled “Repression of espionage, sabotage and treason,” allows in its 10th article for a punishment of “one month to 10 years in prison,” and a fine of “100 to 10,000 pesos."
Federal judge Julián Ercolini will lead the investigation.