Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner: Suspect Arrested for Failed Assassination of Argentine Vice President

Video of the incident shows the vice president smiling as he walks past a crowd of people. A man in the crowd then rushes forward, pointing a gun at Fernandez de Kirchner’s face and apparently trying to shoot. No bullets are fired, and the two-time former president recoils, unharmed.

The attacker was taken into custody after several seconds of confusion and panic.

Argentina’s official news agency Télam identified the man as a Brazilian citizen, later changing his name to Fernando André Sabag Montiel.

The Argentine Ministry of Security confirmed that a .380 caliber firearm with bullets inside was used in the incident.

“Christina is still alive because – for some reason that we cannot technically confirm at the moment – ​​the weapon, armed with five bullets, did not fire even though the trigger was pulled,” Argentine President Alberto Fernandez said in a televised address. . address Thursday evening.

He called the assassination attempt an attack on democracy, saying: “We must eradicate hatred and violence from our media and political discourse.” He declared Friday the country’s national holiday to come together in support of Fernández de Kirchner.

Former Argentine President Mauricio Macri also backed off Thursday’s attack, calling for “immediate and deep clarification from the justice system and security forces.”

Fernández de Kirchner is one of Argentina’s most prominent political figures, having served as president from 2007 to 2015 and then as vice president in 2019.

Her supporters have been holding rallies outside her home for days now in response to an ongoing trial that accuses her of corruption during her tenure as president.

Earlier in August, a federal prosecutor called on Fernandez de Kirchner to serve a 12-year prison sentence. The court has not yet ruled on the petition.

Days later, her supporters clashed with police in the Argentine capital, with Telam reporting that police used sticks and tear gas on protesters after a group of people tore down fences near her home.
Police work behind a security cordon after a man pointed a gun at Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner outside her residence in Buenos Aires on September 1.

During Thursday’s national address, President Fernandez said he had contacted the judge assigned to the case to act as quickly as possible.

Demonstrations took place in Argentina this summer, with thousands taking to the streets to protest the administration’s handling of soaring inflation and allegations of corruption.

In 2016, a judge charged Fernandez de Kirchner and 11 others with corruption, illegal relationships and aggravated fraud, freezing her $643 million in assets.

Fernandez de Kirchner has been accused of allegedly supervising road works for Austral Constructions during her presidency. At the time, she criticized the investigation as being politically motivated.

At the same time, she was on trial in another corruption case in which she was accused of allegedly interfering with the sale of US dollars by the country’s central bank. The case was dismissed in 2021 when the court ruled in favor of Fernandez de Kirchner, according to CNN Español, a subsidiary of CNN.

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