August 22, 2014
Berni: 'Judges more concerned about criminals' rights than those of rest of society'
Amid the debate that lynching cases have prompted over the past weeks among society, Security Secretary Sergio Berni has ratified the government’s criticism of the Judicial branch saying judges “are more worried about defending criminals’ right than those of the rest of society.”
“I have repeteadly and personally met Supreme Court President (Ricardo Lorenzetti) and requested judges to have a different perspective (about crime). They are more worried about defending criminals’ rights that those of the rest of society," Berni said in statements to media today.
According to the head of Argentina’s security affairs, criminals “don’t go to prison, they continue robbing the day after” they commit a crime. The role of the state and the government must not be confused, Berni added questioning again comments by opposition politicians who have tied recent mob attacks against thieves with the so called "absence of the state.”
Renewal Front leader Sergio Massa was in fact one of the first opposition figures to bring the “state absence” comments to the security debate. Berni hit back.
“They are trying to confuse people. Among state institutions there are the judicial system and the Legislative branch where Massa is,” the secretary affirmed and questioned as well the role of media in the coverage of crime-related news.
“The permanent broadcast (of crime news) upsets people,” Berni pointed out, aligned with recent statements by Argentine Nobel Peace Prize laureate Adolfo Pérez Esquivel. "Media also hold a responsibility in this case. Media outlets usually create uncertainty and that is something that should not happen," Esquivel said in an interview he granted to the Buenos Aires Herald earlier this week.