Court documents show that the gunman who attempted to shoot Argentina’s Vice President Cristina Kirchner was formally charged Thursday with attempted murder, as was his girlfriend.
Fernando Sabag Montiel, 35, was caught on stunning video pointing a pistol at Kirchner from close range as she greeted supporters outside her home on September 1.
After Montiel’s weapon failed to explode – for reasons still unknown – he was subdued and arrested, while his girlfriend Brenda Uliarte, 23, was arrested three days later.
According to AFP documents, the judge leading the case, Maria Capuchetti, brought charges of intentionally aggravated murder against Montiel and Uliarte, who will remain in police custody.
Judge Capuchetti has yet to bring charges against two acquaintances of the couple – Agustina Diaz, 21, and Gabriel Carrizo, 27 – who were both arrested earlier this week.
Authorities had previously said there was evidence of “planning and prior agreement” between Montiel and Uliarte, though their motives have yet to be clearly identified.
Kirchner, the 69-year-old former president, has a staunch support base among center-left Peronists.
But she was equally disliked by the political opposition, and was at the center of a heated corruption trial from her time in office.
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