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Former Argentine president Mauricio Macri charged with alleged espionage

May 29, 2020

An Argentine federal prosecutor has accused former President Mauricio Macri of alleged illegal espionage of people related to political activities, journalists and police officers after a complaint from the Federal Intelligence Service.

The agency’s intervener, Cristina Caamano, filed a complaint this week against the organization’s leadership during the previous government, claiming that since June 2016, “espionage in private emails” has been carried out by at least 80 people. This is shown in the information recovered from a deleted hard drive.

According to Caamano, this espionage had no legal confirmation. “So we have to talk clearly about the production of illegal intelligence agencies,” he said, according to the Clarín newspaper.

Former Argentine president Mauricio Macri charged with alleged espionageFormer Argentine president Mauricio Macri charged with alleged espionage

Attorney General Jorge Di Lello has agreed to indict Macri and other former senior officials, including former AFI administration chief of staff Darío Alberto Biorci, former general director Gustavo Arribas, and former deputy director Silvia Majdalani.

Di Lello recalled that the public ministry had previously carried out investigations into such events and considers that, given the elements set out in the current complaint, “it is appropriate to initiate the relevant criminal investigation”.