Argentina’s Secretary of Public Ethics, Transparency and Anti-Corruption Policies, Ms. Laura Alonso, stated today at Universidad Austral that “Argentina’s Criminal Law has failed appallingly to defeat corruption”.
Alonso referred to the “dozens of investigations that have been started and have led to no convictions in recent years” as the “tragedy of Argentina’s judicial system”.
She pledged that her Office will invest in “preventing corruption and strengthening institutions”, citing the Public Information Access Act as an accomplishment made this year. “Corruption is not about an individual who fast-tracks a procedure; it is an aspect of organized crime. Human trafficking, money laundering and drug dealing –none of these crimes are possible without people at every state level contributing to corruption rings,” she pointed out.
For Alonso, Argentina must aspire to become a better country by complying with the international agreements it has entered into, with integrity and transparency public policies that make it difficult for corrupt individuals to operate. Indeed, she advocated for interdisciplinary efforts that not only engage criminal lawyers, “investing in prevention and institutional strengthening”.
- The Aranguren case “brought the respect for institutional processes to the spotlight,” in a country where “we have a hard time acting institutionally.”
- “There are 2,200 municipal elections in Argentina”, and many of them are uncontrolled.
- “We need to work on mechanisms that favor investigation, such as cross-referencing large databases to detect public officials’ conflicts of interest. Nowadays, corrupt individuals know that control systems are flawed.”
- “Our witness protection system is very weak.”
- “We are all very excited with the notion of putting corrupt individuals in prison.”
- “We want to monitor all public officials’ assets, including those of the Judiciary Branch’s members, who make excuses citing the division of powers.”
- “The Anti-Corruption Office is investigating 25 corruption claims.”
- “A kleptocracy has fallen in Argentina.”
- “Relying only on Criminal Law would mean surrendering the future of our children and our grandchildren.”
The event was hosted by Dr. Guillermo Yacobucci, head of Universidad Austral Law School’s Criminal Law Department. Other lecturers included Professor Andrea Castaldo, from Italy’s Università Degli Studi Di Salerno, and Professor Odone Sanguiné, from Brazil’s Federal Rio Grande do Sul University.