The most scandalous cases of ‘lawfare’ in Latin America

If what you have done to Pablo Iglesias seems very serious to you, it is because you have not seen what they have done to other leftist leaders in Latin America.

What do I need to mount a case of Lawfare?

Several things at once: first, a judicial apparatus reorganized in my own way (with ‘technocrats’ linked to me in key spaces). Then pick the culprit. Next, search for evidence (and here the order is important, mind you, first we point out the culprit, we start with the conviction, and then, if they appear, the evidence, and if they do not appear, we will have the same conviction).

We also need a media machine at our service, for the press to actively participate in this, because if not, we won’t get anywhere. And with all this, we only have to choose the perfect moment to launch ourselves. Assured success.

If we start to analyze the cases of lawfare in Brazil, Ecuador, Argentina, bolivia and well, the case itself Can, We will see that the same formula is always followed. It is as if it were chemistry: you join several elements at the same time and a reaction occurs.

The annihilation or discredit of the political adversary. Insured. Then years have to pass and there has to be someone willing to deny and deny to repair the damage, which, beware, will never be completely repaired.
Latin America has these cases to write several books. I’m going to stop at the most notorious and the most embarrassing thing we’ve seen in decades.

Brazil, the imprisonment of Lulathe case car washJudge sergio moro and the conservative press at your service. The Lava Jato case was the main tool to discredit the government of Dilma Rousseff, Lula da Silva and the Workers’ Party. High-sounding accusations of corruption, unreliable witnesses, lack of convincing evidence, but a huge media projection that muddies everything and creates an environment in which one feels that everything has already been proven, nothing more is needed. The Lava Jato case ended with the dismissal of Dilma Roussef and unjustly kept Lula imprisoned for 580 days. And here the indispensable element has been the judge sergio moro.

You have to dwell a bit on that character, because look how everything works, like a clockwork mechanism: Sergio Moro is a judge in 2017, he condemns Lula to 9 years in prison, considering him guilty of receiving bribes from a construction company supposedly in exchange for favors during his government. He sends him to jail. All this in the middle of the electoral campaign with Lula announcing his candidacy for the presidency. Already in jail, Lula continues to lead the polls, and there Judge Sergio Moro disqualifies him politically.

It would be superfluous to mention, but I am going to do it, that the judge sergio moro He has been presented by large Brazilian and international media as a great fighter against corruption, a benchmark, an irreproachable judge. the conservative magazine See extolled him ad nauseam, appeared on lists of the people of the year of Timesof the 100 most influential people in the world, in English, in Portuguese, in Spanish, in Swahili…

when you win Jair Bolsonaro, the main beneficiary of Lula’s disqualification, as a reward for his transparency and judicial independence, Moro is appointed Minister of Justice. And shortly after Moro’s good streak comes to an end and we finally begin to find out what the Lava Jato case was about. Journalist Glenn Greenwald publish in your medium The Intercept Leaked messages from Moro’s chats with prosecutors investigating these cases, from which it transpires that basically they have set it all up. Something very similar to what came out today, but in writing, on Telegram. In those chats he indicates who could be a possible witness to incriminate Lula, he recommends possible paths to follow in this investigation, the little tricks that can be used.

In 2020 he resigned from his position, but do not think it was because of these revelations, no. The revelations, according to him, were created by hackers, and they were no big deal either. That is to say: it wasn’t me, but even if it had been me, nothing happens either, he hears him. He resigned due to Bolsonaro’s interference in the management of Justice. He came to present his candidacy for the presidency, but later withdrew it, because he did not have enough support.

I would like to dwell briefly on the treatment of the entire Lula case in the press. At that time, it seemed like a scandal to me. The press of the free world took it for granted that Lula was going to jail for corruption, and so it was said openly, without presenting the slightest doubt about what was suddenly the efficient and prestigious body of Brazilian justice. Those were the headlines, the news.

Later, one looked for the specific circumstances of the case, the accusations, the real data that there were, in very specific articles, purely factual, chronologies, and anyone with a minimum of not just critical thinking, but rational thinking, could see that by more than a truly remarkable effort had been made to create a case against him, the case against Lula was not even worth a fine in any normal circumstance.

The Lava Jato case is a ‘lawfare’ case worthy of academic study. But it is not, by far, the only one in Latin America. So let’s move on.

Our next stop is Ecuador, where former president Lenin Moreno began a personal persecution against the former president Rafael Correa which had been key to Moreno’s victory, by the way. Just like in Brazil: a sentence decided in advance by the ‘journalists’ and by Lenin Moreno himself and his entourage, witnesses who testify in exchange for a reduction in their own sentences, absence of evidence and, of course, the media giving hype to any new case opened against Correa.

And look, there have been a few: he has open about 40 judicial processes, in Ecuador he was sentenced to 8 years in prison and political disqualification, but since he lives in Belgium, there is little they can do.

Thus, in 2017 the former vice president Jorge Glaswas sentenced to 6 years in prison for the case Odebrecht, with a criminal code prior to the one in force at that time, and thanks to the testimony of another defendant who was acquitted of all guilt in exchange for testifying precisely. All this, with Lenín Moreno affected by several cases of corruption, by the way. Although, coincidentally, almost none of them came to trial for one reason or another, usually due to the refusal of prosecutors to delve into them.

Argentina is another prominent case of this practice. In 2015 the president was blamed Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of the prosecutor’s murder Alberto Nisman. Without reliable evidence and, as always, based on information released by the press. nismann investigated the attack on the Asociación Israelita de Argentina in 1994, the case AMIAand within the framework of that investigation, she denounced Cristina Kirchner, for exonerating the perpetrators of that attack in complicity with the government of Iran. Months later, an opinion came out rejecting those accusations against Kirchner, but how many media outlets do you think gave it the same coverage they gave everything else?

In 2016 they reopened Nisman’s complaint against Cristina Kirchner. By then two of the judges of the Supreme Court had been appointed by decree by the then president Mauricio Macri. Here, again, the essential element for our formula. And also: everything coincided with the revelation that the Macri family had 50 offshore companies, which the Argentine press touched on in passing because it was very busy with the coverage of the Cristina Kirchner case.

I just want to remember one more case. the of boliviabecause the sacrosanct was involved there OAS who put together an entire 100-page report on alleged irregularities during the presidential elections in which he prevailed Evo Morales. Once again, if you stopped to read it, it hardly spoke of specific cases and that they would not have enough weight to change the result of the elections; but this report, absolutely magnified by the media, served to perfume a coup organized by the Bolivian right and whose outcome we all know.

There we had the same elements: the OAS as a crony judge, the media machinery that accuses of fraud before the elections are held, and when they are finally held, we already have a super cultivated crop and you only need a 100 kilo bible to enter the government palace with it and make you president

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