Argentine President Alberto Fernández attends press conference this Wednesday | Photo credit: EFE / Juan Ignacio Roncoroni

Federal Prosecutor Ramiro González on Thursday (5) accepted a request to open an investigation into visits to Argentina’s presidential residence during the strict quarantine that was in effect in 2020, in response to a complaint filed by two opponents in which they point to a possible violation of measures in the midst of a pandemic.

The results of the visits to the presidential residence, located in Olivos, in the province of Buenos Aires, while preventive and mandatory social isolation was in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic, was revealed by the local press with a request for public access. information.

The revelation caused political and media turmoil over the timing of these visits, several of which took place at night, as the company remained confined and many Argentines were unable to work due to restrictions.

Two activists from the United Republican opposition party reacted on July 28 by filing a complaint – which was later extended to others – against President Alberto Fernández and Sofia Pacchi, friend and advisor to the first lady, Fabiola Yañez.

The complaint for violation of measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and abuse of power and violation of the duties of a public official was filed with the Federal Criminal and Correctional Court 7.

This Thursday, González decided to continue the investigation to establish whether there had been a violation of the rules established within the framework of the declaration of pandemic, according to the official letter with which he asked the Military House for the presidency of record the income and expenses of respondents for 2020, with details of the date, position, reason for entry and who granted the authorization.

Multiple visits

According to the federal prosecutor, Fernández would have authorized a series of unauthorized visits to Olivos’ residence during the period when the strictest compulsory isolation phase was in force, which reserved the movement and meeting of all persons strictly for essential activities.

González details that Sofía Pacchi would have attended the presidential residence at least 65 times and underlines as the most relevant those which took place on April 2, 2020, between 10 p.m. and 12:11 a.m. the next day, when the president celebrated his birthday, and on July 14. 2020 between 9.46 p.m. and 1.44 a.m. the next day, the first lady’s birthday.

These visits would have taken place before the appointment of Pacchi as a civil servant, stationed at the General Secretariat of the Presidency, on August 31, 2020.

The prosecutor also said that the plaintiffs had widened the complaint against the first lady Fabiola Yañez; against Pacchi’s boyfriend, Chien Chia Hong, a businessman who in 2020 won three offers with the Argentine military, according to local media; against Yañez’s advisor, Emmanuel López, and against López’s partner, Fernando Consagra, who also reportedly entered the presidential residence on April 2, 2020.

He also pointed to the entry of dog trainer Ariel Zapata and veterinarian Lautaro Romero on May 14, 2020 and detailed that the plaintiffs requested that the conduct of actress Florencia Peña also be investigated, as she publicly admitted to having visited Olivos’ residence during compulsory solitary confinement. inform the president of the delicate situation that the actors were going through due to the cancellation of activities.