He did not commit any crime, and no one complains about transgressions or lies in his work. But yours could be an extreme case of the incoherence – to say the least – frequently exhibited by some government officials. Despite her harsh criticism of the government of Mauricio Macri, the Minister of Justice and soul mate of President Alberto Fernández, Marcela Losardo, worked during that administration at the service of the same ministry that she now leads. Rare.
According to sources from that portfolio, the now minister was hired by the Human Rights Secretariat through the questioned “cooperating entity” ACARA between April 20, 2016 and June 12, 2017 with category b5, for which he charged 57,149 pesos. He did not have a functional dedication, but advised and took care of the signature of an official in the area. Clarion He confirmed this information with former secretary Claudio Avruj, who nevertheless declined to give more details about Losardo’s passage through Macri’s management.
A former undersecretary of the Ministry of Justice, under whose command the doctor was hired when the Cambiemos administration dawned, did not agree to tell about his experience.
The data is strident in light of some statements by Losardo since his swearing-in as minister. This same week, for example, she tried to defend the summons of Cristina Kirchner’s lawyer, Carlos Beraldi, for the President’s Advisory Committee regarding the eventual expansion and functions of the Supreme Court of Justice. “I don’t know what the crime is,” he said, without reason. “It is not that a person has been appointed by decree to sit in a court. It seems to me that something was not understood. In any case a complaint should have been made when former President Mauricio Macri appointed two members of the Supreme Court by decree“Losardo said on Wednesday. She not only evaded that complaint, but also had no problems rendering her services to the Justice Ministry.
The minister also said these days that in the four years of Mauricio Macri’s government “there were arbitrary prisons and excess in preventive prisons.” In 2016 and 2017 I did not think the same, or if she did, she did not think it was incongruous with her work as an advisor to the Human Rights Secretariat.
Two potential coworkers at that time recall that Losardo did not go to the ministry every day, that his treatment was respectful but he was not always satisfied with the tasks assigned to him. “She had been Secretary of Justice, a virtual vice minister, between 2005 and 2009, when Cristina finished throwing out the government officials that Alberto Fernández had put in place. So out there she felt that reviewing resolutions or preparing documents for others to sign was not what she wanted to do. I even heard him say something like that once, but I think it’s natural, “says one of them.
The last curiosity of that passage through the Let’s Change management was precisely the departure of Losardo from the Ministry of Justice: she did not leave her contract of her own free will or in disagreement with the policy of macrismo, but was fired on June 19, 2017, by order of the ministry led by Germán Garavano, following statements by his godfather Alberto Fernández about the government. His labor rights were not violated: as he found out Clarion, “Losardo was compensated with 227,848.91 pesos. “
The passage of the prestigious lawyer by the Macri government does not appear on her resume, in her Wikipedia biography or in the interviews she usually gives to the media related to the ruling party. “I want to be Marcela, not the minister but her partner, together with our President I want to help Argentina to change this stage in history in which human rights policies lost prominence“he told Page 12 last January 10. Fair Human Rights, the area in which she herself reported for one year and two months.
Nine days later, on January 19, again in Page 12, they asked Losardo “what was it like coming back to this building?” “I came across a ministry that was very familiar to me. I returned to this house from which I left and where I felt that I had many more things to do“Losardo responded, as if he had moved away from there in 2009 and not just three years ago.
In that interview, the new minister made other curious comments in light of her recent past. She spoke of the personnel hired under the Garavano management – “a lot of people joined, the last two years, the last months,” she said – and clarified that she did not persecute anyone. “There are people who are leaving, later we will see what we do with the contracts“That is, with those who were in a situation similar to the one she had been with.
They also asked him again if there was “political persecution” with the preventive prisons of former K officials, to which Losardo replied that – “yes, there was persecution. Because the reality is politics got a lot into the judicial systeml. Call it one way or another, we all know what Politics and part of Justice did. It’s where we don’t have to go anymore. “We agree, but once again, it doesn’t sound consistent with her own presence in a government that, according to her, committed such aberrations.
According to three different sources admitted to this newspaper, that participation of Losardo in the Ministry of Justice it ended because of the anger caused by some statements from his godfather, Alberto Fernández, who in May 2017 had just become the head of Florencio Randazzo’s campaign as a candidate for Buenos Aires senator. On May 13, for example, Alberto denied in a report that he could find “something he liked” in the Macri government: “It is hard for me, honestly. It has generated problems where there were none. Look at the human rights issue: the whole society had accepted that the issue be resolved in court and has put it in the forefront in the worst way. ”It was the area where her friend worked.
Clarion He asked Minister Losardo the question about his work in Justice during the macrismo, but did not receive an answer.