Prosecutor Federico Delgado: D'Alessio scandal is part of a 'Judiciary in crisis'
Fellow Federal Prosecutor Carlos Stornelli is under investigation for allegedly using a frontman, lawyer Marcelo D'Alessio, to extort money from business people tied to the alleged graft scheme known colloquially as the 'notebooks of corruption'.
"We have a Judiciary which is divorced from the Law", Federal Prosecutor Federico Delgado said Monday. He described D'Alessio as a "minor player" in a broader crisis facing the country's legal system.
"These are informally institutionalised players who are a de-fact part of the general judicial system, who are not allowed in the Constitution (to participate in the Judiciary), but who are nonetheless there", he told the ElDestape news portal.
Delgado described what he perceived as examples of this phenomenon in situations within the country's courthouse.
"In the press room at the Comodoro Py courthouse (in Buenos Aires), there are people who say they're journalists but nobody knows who they are", he said.
"There are very good people in the courts, but there are also many good people who keep their mouths shut, and sometimes silence not only validates them it also reproduces" the problem, the prosecutor added.
The Senator is engulfed in several corruption investigations, some of which are being pursued in the pre-trail stage by prosecutor Stornelli.
The country's Judiciary "has done with my cases what they haven't done with anyone else's", Fernández de Kirchner said Wednesday, in a fiery speech from her seat in the Senate..
"And what's up with those people who are filming, recording, photographing, WhatsApping and asking for bribes in beach shacks", she added, referring to revealing images of D'Alessio and Stornelli in Pinamar, on Argentina's coast, and the WhatsApp screenshots which have, at the very least, tarnished Stornelli's image.