July 23, 2014
Capitanich blasts Massa's 'political opportunism' in penal code debate
The head of ministers questioned what he called the “political opportunism” of the Renewal Front, the opposition coalition led by Sergio Massa who has harshly criticized the reform of the Penal Code. Capitanich regretted Massa’s “crass ignorance.”
Ex cabinet chief during President Kirchner’s first term in office Massa rejected the project to reform Argentina's Penal Code, presented by a commission led by Supreme Court Justice Eugenio Zaffaroni and shaped up of both ruling party and opposition MPs.
“Who ever has observations will be able to share them once the project is completly presented,” Jorge Capitanich told reporters in his daily conference at the government house accusing Massa of “political opportunism,” seeking to “feather his own nest.”
Ex mayor of the BA province locality of Tigre Massa criticized the reform because it eliminates the recidivism, which means allegedly ending the possibility of imprisoning someone for longer because he or she commits the same crime more than once.
“So it’s the same to steal once or 10 times,” the Renewal Front leader had said vowing to promote a referendum to ask citizens if they agreed with the amendments.
From the ruling Victory Front (FpV), it was Senator Aníbal Fernández who directly responded to Massa’s criticism.
“Does lawyer Massa know that Article 39 of the Constitution and the third article of Law 24,747 prevents any popular initiative regarding a criminal issue?” Fernández pondered sarcastically on Twitter.