Judge Norberto Oyarbide closed the investigation stage of the case, which implicates Buenos Aires Mayor, Mauricio Macri in an illegal wiretapping ring.
The wiretapping scandal first came to light in December 2009 when Judge Oyarbide began investigating the alleged spy network, which had been tapping the phones of various social leaders, politicians, and trade unions.
Macri was prosecuted in connection with the wiretapping scandal on May 14, 2010; until then the case has been under investigation.
This morning’s decision by Judge Oyarbide closes the first stage of investigation and advances the trial to the next stage.
Counsel Luis Conde announced the current defendants in this case as “Ciro Gerard James, Diego Gaston Save, Raul Alberto Rojas, Ruben Alberto Quintana, David Santiago Amaral, Antonio Cesar Fernandez, Monica Elizabeth Gonzalez, Jose Luis Rey, Jorge Alberto Palacios, Mauritius Macri and Mariano Narodowsky.” This list includes the former Metropolitan Police Chief and a former Education Minister.
This announcement comes only a day after Judge Oyarbide ordered the arrest of Madres de Plaza de Mayo manager Sergio Schoklender as well as Schoklender’s brother, Pablo, and Alejandro Gotkin, the former accountant of the organization.
Macri continues to maintain his innocence in the case and has been outspoken in his insistence of it being a direct attack against him from the national government.