An Argentinian judge on Dec. 1 charged former President Mauricio Macri with ordering the illegal surveillance of the relatives of 44 sailors who died when a navy submarine sank in 2017.
Judge Marin Bava issued an indictment against Macri, 62, for “the offense of carrying out prohibited intelligence actions” when he was head of state.
In the 174-page ruling, Bava also charged Macri with “creating conditions for data of persons to be collected, store, and used.”
Macri could face three to 10 years in jail for the charges, which he claimed were politically motivated.
Macri served as president from 2015 to 2019 and is currently the country’s opposition leader.
At a preliminary court appearance, Macri insisted that he “did not spy on anyone” and “never ordered” anyone in his government to do so.
Relatives of the 44 sailors told investigators that they have been followed, filmed, wiretapped, and intimidated into abandoning any claims related to the incident after they accused the Argentine Navy of negligence.
The Ara San Juan submarine disappeared 430 kilometers off the Argentine coast in the South Atlantic on Nov. 15, 2017. Its wreckage was found a year later.
According to experts, the submarine imploded and sank due to a technical fault.
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