An Argentine court on Thursday asked for the opening of a new investigation to investigate the possible criminal responsibility of ex-President Mauricio Macri in the tragedy of the Argentine submarine San Juan.
The submersible sank in 2017 with 44 sailors on board. “The defense ministry and the head of the executive power (Mauricio Macri, editor’s note) will have to be investigated in this case to find out whether they were aware of the naval exercise” that the submarine was carrying out in time of his disappearance, indicates the federal chamber of Comodoro Rivadavia in a document released to the press.
Made in Germany in 1983 and incorporated into the Argentine Navy in 1985, the San Juan was located a year after its disappearance in the South Atlantic at 900 meters deep.
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According to the navy, the submersible imploded due to technical failures. An investigation was opened at the end of 2017, but no responsibility has been established.
Former President Mauricio Macri and his defense minister Oscar Aguad were exonerated by a trial judge. Families of the missing sailors have called for the investigation to be restarted.
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