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Argentina: Inquiry Threatens Judicial Independence

(Washington, DC) – The Argentine government’s request to investigate a judge who is looking into allegations of surveillance and extortion that could implicate government allies undermines judicial independence, Human Rights Watch said today. On March 13, 2019, federal investigative Judge Alejo Ramos Padilla testified before a Congressional commission about an ongoing investigation into allegations that intelligence agents carried out illegal operations. Two days later, Justice Minister Germán Garavano asked the Judiciary Council to open an investigation into Ramos Padilla’s performance, contending…

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