May 23, 2013
Bonafini says Schoklenders are 'scammers, traitors'
As the money laundering investigation smearing the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo organization continues, its leader, Hebe de Bonafini, accused the Schoklender brothers of being “traitors and scammers.”
Bonafini said she was “hurt” by the two brothers, who acted as the organization's attoneys and are currently under investigation after they were accused of using the organization’s funds to engage in money laundering activities.
Regarding the case, currently led by Federal Judge Norberto Oyarbide, Bonafini said that “everyone was being thoroughly investigated so whoever has to go to jail, will go to jail.”
She then blasted the media, who she assures “is twisting the story to make people think we are just like them.”
She warned, however, that despite her harsh statements towards the Schoklenders, she will “continue to believe in people and second chances.”
“If someone who has done their time in prison and are about to leave, and they need me to give them a hand, I will,” she assured, referring to the dark past shared by both brothers, who killed their abusive parents back in 1981 and spent over fifteen years in prison.
Bonafini insisted any dealings made by the Schoklenders are in no way related to her organization.
“The Schoklenders are one thing and the Mothers are a completely different thing. We personally carried on with a battle to vindicate our children as revolutionaries and no one is going to hurt our public image,” she said.
She concluded by saying that, as this scandal progresses, “they continue to attack me, and the President.”
“You can all attack me, it’s alright. What more can you do to me? But I don’t want people attacking the President; she’s got nothing to do with this.”