Suspect in Argentine VP assassination try arrested in 2021 for carrying weapon

Argentine authorities have recognized Fernando Sabag Montiel because the suspect who approached Fernández de Kirchner with a loaded gun exterior her dwelling in Buenos Aires on Thursday in what seems to be a failed assassination try.

A police spokesperson informed CNN Sabag Montiel had a weapons allow however was arrested in 2021 for carrying a big knife in public, including that he has a minimum of one tattoo with Nazi symbols.

Migration workplace officers stated he was born within the Brazilian metropolis of São Paulo on January 13, 1987, and had been residing in Argentina since 1993.

Video of the incident reveals Fernández de Kirchner smiling as she walks by a big crowd of supporters. A person then surges ahead and factors a gun at her face.

No bullets had been fired and the vp was unhurt, although the Argentine Ministry of Safety later confirmed the .380 firearm used within the incident had bullets inside.

“Cristina is still alive because — for some reason we can’t technically confirm at this moment — the weapon, which was armed with five bullets, did not shoot although the trigger was pulled,” Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández stated in a televised deal with late Thursday.

The assault on Fernández de Kirchner, who served because the nation’s President from 2007 to 2015 earlier than taking workplace as vp in 2019, has shocked the nation and wider area.

Leaders from Mexico, Cuba, Chile and Venezuela have all reacted to the information in horror and expressed their solidarity with Fernández de Kirchner, whereas the Argentine President declared Friday a nationwide vacation so the general public might rally in help.

Sabag Montiel’s girlfriend, who took half in a dwell interview on Argentine nationwide tv following his arrest, stated she too was struggling to make sense of what occurred.

Sabag Montiel was a “good, hard-working man” who had proven no indicators of violence “in recent weeks”, stated his girlfriend, recognized within the interview solely by her first identify, Ambar.

She stated she had final seen him on Wednesday and couldn’t perceive “why he did what he did.”

“In all honesty, I was not aware of all this. [Sabag] did not tell me any detail,” Ambar stated.

Sabag is at present in custody whereas awaiting trial on a cost of tried homicide and has been assigned a public protection legal professional, in response to two magistrates.

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner at the National Congress in Buenos Aires.
Supporters of the vp have been holding rallies close to her dwelling for a number of days to oppose a request by prosecutors that she serve a 12-year jail sentence for alleged corruption. Final weekend, clashes between her supporters and police injured 14 legislation enforcement officers and led to 4 arrests.