Argentinean authorities described as "coercion and bribery" the asylum and job offer in the United States that FBI agents allegedly made to former police agent María Luján Telpuk, who discovered the USD 800,000 that Venezuelan-American businessman Guido Antonini Wilson supposedly tried to smuggle into Argentina in August 2007.
Argentina's Minister of Justice, Aníbal Fernández, was asked about the statements made by Luján, who asserted that agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) made her an asylum and job offer in exchange for changing her attestation in a trial held in Miami in connection with the so-called "suitcase affair," EFE reported.
"In Argentina, these agents would be in prison for coercion and bribery," said Minister Fernández, who complained that "the great names of the Argentine journalism do not see these irregularities, but want to besmirch the name of Argentina."
As late as Tuesday, February 25, there was some visible response from Gabriela Ramírez's office. Representatives of the Office of the Ombudswoman would visit independent human rights watch groups to find what happened in connection with repression of protests. That day, they visited NGO Provea. The next day, they met with the attorneys of NGO Venezuelan Criminal Forum. They pursued specific data because -they argued- no claims of human rights violations of demonstrators had been filed with the Office of the Ombudswoman.