In a case that has shaken the politics of the province of Buenos Aires, brothers Claudio and Facundo Albini, key pieces in the political structure of Sergio Massa’s Frente Renovador, have refused to testify in the investigation of an alleged fraud with funds from the Legislature.
In spite of having been arrested, their defense will seek a release in the next hours. In addition, new resolutions of the Court of Appeals of La Plata have been known that could put the detention of these two leaders under review.
Below, we will analyze the details of this case and the implications it could have in the political sphere.
The defendants and the investigation
Claudio Albini, who worked for years in the Personnel area of the Buenos Aires Chamber of Deputies, and his son Facundo Albini, councilman elected by Unión por la Patria, are considered to be superior contacts of Julio Segundo “Chocolate” Rigau, a PJ political pointer arrested in September.
The Albinis are suspected of being heads of an alleged illicit association involved in the alleged fraud with funds from the Legislature.
Decision not to testify
In the last hearing, both Claudio and Facundo Albini decided not to make statements before the head of the Functional Unit of Investigations No. 2, Betina Lacki. This refusal was also adopted by the owners of the debit cards found in Rigau’s possession.
Although Facundo Albini had previously expressed his willingness to testify and point out the person responsible for the contracts, he finally decided not to do so. The councilman affirmed that he will testify once the lawyers have all the evidence and study it thoroughly.
Resolutions of the Court of Appeals
In parallel to the refusals to testify, the Court of Appeals of La Plata issued a resolution declaring that the appeals filed against the nullity of the minutes of the initial proceedings and the seizure of Rigau’s telephone were wrongly granted. Although this resolution does not specifically mention the procedural situation of the Albinis, it could have implications for the review of their detention.
Political implications and future developments
The fraud case in the Buenos Aires Legislature has generated political repercussions in the province. The Albinis, who held important roles in Sergio Massa’s Frente Renovador, could face legal and political consequences if their involvement in the alleged fraud is confirmed.
In addition, the review of the arrest by Judge of Guarantees Guillermo Atencio could have a significant impact on the course of the investigation.
The alleged fraud with funds from the Buenos Aires Legislature has led to the arrest of the brothers Claudio and Facundo Albini, who refused to testify in the investigation. The resolution of the Court of Appeals of La Plata opens the possibility of reviewing the Albini’s detention, which could have significant political and legal implications.
This case will continue to develop and it will be important to closely follow the next judicial and political actions taken in relation to this alleged fraud.