Argentinian VP Survives Assassination Attempt And Corruption Charges
Argentina–An assassination attempt failed on the Argentinian vice president recently. Ms. Cristina Fernández in front of her home in Buenos Aires was attacked right outside her house but she escaped unharmed as a man was caught on camera pointing a gun at her.
The vice president was saved as she ducked and had supporters surrounding her. The attempt of shooting with a shotgun was seen as a ‘homicide attempt.’
“A person who was identified by those who were close to him who had a gun was detained by (the vice president’s) security personnel,” Security Minister Aníbal Fernández told local cable news channel C5N. The minister said he wanted to be careful in providing details until the investigation learned more.
Unverified video posted on social media shows the pistol almost touched Fernández’s face. There has been commotion over an attempt over her life and all football matches have been postponed following the assassination attempt. It has also been reported that the gun apparently jammed saving her life, while she ducked in presence of mind.
The alleged would-be assassin has been named as Fernando Montiel, a 35-year-old Brazilian, who was tackled by security and arrested at the scene. Ms. Fernandez has an illustrious previous political career and has had quite a lot of action in her life, in the last few months.
She has been in the middle of a corruption trial she was attacked. Her home has been mobbed with protesters and supporters in recent days after she was accused of defrauding the state. Last week she was forced to order demonstrators to scatter after her property was ‘besieged.’
Considered a powerful politician, she served as president from 2007 to 2015 and was previously first lady to her president husband Nestor from 2003 to 2007.