November 21, 2014
Campagnoli faces impeachment tribunal
Suspended prosecutor is accused of malfeasance, interfering with federal investigation
Suspended Prosecutor José María Campagnoli will face an impeachment tribunal today on charges of malfeasance and of interfering with a federal prosecutor’s investigation on alleged money laundering involving Kirchnerite businessman Lázaro Báez.
The event is taking place a week after it was originally scheduled, as Prosecutor Guillermo Marijuán, the first witness who was called to testify in the case, decided to send a written statement instead of taking the stand.
Marijuán is considered a key witness in the case against Campagnoli, because he was the one who investigated the case to begin with.
Campagnoli was removed from his post in December and has filed a number of requests before the courts to be restored to his post.
While the suspended prosecutor says his appearance before an impeachment tribunal is a reprisal for his investigation of Báez — a Kirchnerite public works tycoon — Attorney General Alejandra Gils Carbó accuses him of interfering with a colleague’s investigation on money laundering.
His suspension has been taken up as a banner issue by opposition parties and media outlets, who insist he is being punished by the government.
Last month, Campagnoli told the Herald he feared being tried by a “pro-Kirchnerite” tribunal when he is considered an opposition prosecutor. But he also acknowledged he has political ambitions and intends to run as a congressional candidate in the 2015 elections.
On Friday, it was revealed that the suspended prosecutor had a register of 1500 photographs in his office that he used to identify alleged criminals. In the majority of the cases, the photographs were from people who lived in the City’s impoverished neighbourhood of Barrio Mitre.
The discovery was revealed by the Attorney General’s Unit against Institutional Violence (Procuvin) headed by Abel Córdoba. According to newspaper Página/12, the photographs were shown to people who were victims of a crime and went to Campagnoli’s office in the City neighbourhood of Saavedra to report the offence.
The tribunal that will have to rule on Campagnoli’s future will be made up of Ernesto Kreplak (the Executive Brach’s representative), Mar del Plata’s federal Prosecutor Daniel Adler (a member of the pro-judicial reform association Legitimate Justice), Rodolfo María Ojea Quintana (a political prisoner during the last military dictatorship), María Cristina Córdoba (a public defender), Juan Octavio Gauna (attorney general during the administration of late president Raúl Alfonsín), Rodrigo Sebastián Bacigalupi and Adriana Donato.
Marcela García Berro and Adolfo Raúl Villate will be the prosecutors.
Herald staff with Télam