Argentine President-elect, far-right Javier Miley, on Friday (first) appointed legal judge Rodolfo Parra as prosecutor general. The appointment sparked controversy, as the former judge joined a neo-Nazi group in his youth and even attacked a synagogue.
Parra, 75, will assume the position of Attorney General of the National Treasury as of December 10, which provides legal advice to the state and defends it in trials. It is this position that is expected of him Legal protection for the economic reform package that Miley plans to implement.
Parra was a Supreme Court justice and justice minister for several years during the presidency of Carlos Menem (1989-1999), a Peronist who implemented neoliberal policies. Specialist in administrative law, legal advisor in the company’s privatization plan in the 1990s.
He resigned as minister in 1996, after the press revealed that he had been active in his youth in the Takoara National Movement. Neo-Nazi group in the countryand participated in Attack on a Jewish synagogue. Press investigations during the period also revealed photos in which Barra appeared He appears to be giving the Nazi salute.
The human rights activist declared at the time: “If I am a Nazi, I regret it.”
His appointment was rejected by the Argentine Forum to Combat Anti-Semitism (Faca) “as a direct affront to the democratic and pluralistic spirit” of Argentina as well as by left-wing political activists.
“A new government cannot begin its administration by welcoming into its seats individuals who profess anti-Semitism or any form of expression of hatred,” Vaca said regarding the appointment of Parra, who did not comment on the matter. “We urge the authorities to take immediate action to correct this unfortunate error.”
During the presidency of Fernando de la Rua (1999-2001), Parra served as head of the State Auditor General’s Office and after retiring from the political scene, the jurist directed his duties towards the private sector and the university world.
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