December 13, 2013
Moreno's prosecution 'irregular and precipitant,' Alak affirms
The ruling by federal judge Claudio Bonadío against Domestic Trade Secretary Guillermo Moreno is at least “curious,” Justice Minister Julio Alak considered today. Moreno was charged yesterday with abuse of authority for fining private-sector consulting agencies that release inflation data, a judicial setback that comes “a month ahead of October’s elections”.
Alak said “the opposition” will “maliciously” try to use Bonadío's ruling which the official defined as “irregular and precipitant” following a “political” purpose.
First Kirchnerite voice to publicly and officially defend the head of the domestic trade office after Monday’s decision, Alak insisted in his support of Moreno’s “titanic” work. “His honesty is indisputable,” the minister stressed.
“It is curious that this judicial resulotion was issued 30 days ahead of the general election given the opposition will seek to use it maliciously within the context of the electoral competition,” Julio Alak affirmed in an official statement released today.
“It is at least appealing that an official is charged for exercising his role, which has been ratified by other judges and that is currently being addressed by administrative authorities and the Supreme Court,” the document also reads.
Guillermo Moreno was imposed with a 50,069.67-peso lien as well in a lawsuit filed by the head of the consulting agency Finsoport Jorge Todesca alleging his company had been “illegally sanctioned” over the disclosure of inflation rates that contradict those of the INDEC statistics bureau.
In 2011, the Secretary decided a series of economic fines reaching 500,000 pesos for consultancies that released information about Argentina’s Consumers Price Index (IPC) and which differ from the INDEC’s own figures.
Judge Bonadío charged as well National Director of Domestic Trade Fernando Carro and National Director of Trade Loyalty Adalberto Guillermo Rotella.