Investigations Continue on Attack on Argentine Vice President


Buenos Aires, 12 Sep.- Investigations into the assassination attempt on Vice President Cristina Fernández continue today in Argentina after the identification of an alleged third suspect and the analysis of cell phones of several suspects.

On the 1st of this month, around 21:00 local time, a man identified as Fernando Sabag, 35 years old and a Brazilian national, pointed a gun at the head of the former president when she was greeting people gathered outside her home in the capital’s neighborhood of Recoleta.

Although he pulled the trigger, the gun, which had five bullets, was not fired.

On Sunday night, officers of the Anti-Terrorism Investigation Unit arrested his girlfriend, Brenda Uliarte, after she was detected in surveillance camera footage located in the vicinity of the former head of state’s apartment.

The couple was accused by Judge María Eugenia Capuchetti for «having tried to kill Fernández, counting on the planning and prior agreement between the two».

On the 9th, Gabriel Nicolás Carrizo, a friend and possible leader of the group that guarded Fernández’s house before the attack, was identified in recordings.

Also analyzed are Uliarte’s links with extremist and anti-peronist groups such as the Federal Revolution.

According to the newspaper Página 12, as a result of the inquiries, Sabag is defined as an anti-Semite, admirer of Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) and on his mobile phone had child pornography and images related to zoophilia.

The Directorate of Legal Assistance in Complex Crimes and Organized Crime presented a report based on the reviews of the cell phones of those involved and their close circle, but it is believed that the individuals had several phones, some stolen, so the information may be incomplete.

Among the main objectives of the research at the moment are to determine how the group operated and whether it received orders from someone else.

(Text and photo: PL)