Federal Judge María Eugenia Capuchetti on Saturday charged Nicolás Gabriel Carrizo and Agustina Díaz with complicity in the attempted assassination of Vice-President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner last month, according to court documents cited by local media.
Fernández de Kirchner, the 69-year-old former president, survived an assassination attempt on September 1 as she mingled with supporters outside her home, when a gun brandished by an assailant from a crowd of supporters failed to fire.
Local media said Capuchetti had charged Carrizo, 27, the leader of the so-called ‘copitos’ (“candy floss”) gang thought to be behind the attack, and Diaz, 21, as “accomplices” in failed shooting attempt in a judicial resolution stretching to more than 127 pages.
The federal judge ordered the seizure of 100 million pesos (around US$670,000)
from the assets of Carrizo and Díaz, as well as ordering that both be remanded in custody for their part in the “premeditated attempt to kill Cristina Elisabet Fernández de Kirchner.”
Capuchetti accused Carrizo of having "actively participated in the planning of the event” and of “having provided a 22-calibre handgun” which was used in the attack.
The alleged assailant, Fernando Andrés Sabag Montiel, 35, and his partner Brenda Uliarte, 23, were charged a fortnight ago with "attempted aggravated homicide."
All four of the group allegedly involved in the attack are now in police custody.
"It has been demonstrated, throughout this ruling, that the accused Sabag Montiel, Uliarte, Carrizo and Díaz had a common plan to kill the Vice-President of the Nation," wrote Capuchetti in her ruling, who said her decision was “based on the evidence gathered” that she revealed “the defendants had a prior, pre-ordered and direct intention to end the victim's life.”
Capuchetti said the accused had begun their plot on April 22, the day Uliarte "would have acquired the semi-automatic pistol" used in the attack.
According to the judge, Díaz, a close friend of Uliarte, “actively intervened in the planning of the event.”
Investigators have discovered messages that Díaz offered “advice and warning” about the dangers that could arrive in the wake of the attack, as well as offering to assist in providing an alibi for her friend.
Nevertheless, for Capuchetti, "a distinction must be made in the participation of both Carrizo and Díaz", for which reason the judge explained that "if someone does not objectively have control over the occurrence of an event and does not take part in its execution – if they do not have the reins of the event – they cannot be the perpetrator."