(CNN Spanish) — The man who approached the country’s vice president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, at 8:52 pm on Thursday night in Argentina and fired a weapon at his head is Fernando Sabag Montiel, police confirmed to CNN. Federal.
The Argentine justice has already appointed an official defender, as confirmed to CNN by the offices of two magistrates.
Sabag Montiel is 35 years old, was born on January 13, 1987 in the state of Sao Paulo, in Brazil, but has resided there since 1993, sources from the country’s Migration Directorate reported.
The defendant had permission to carry weapons, reported the National Agency for Controlled Materials (Anmac).
Sabag Montiel has already had problems with the Justice: the Police reported that he was arrested for “use of an improper weapon” for carrying a large knife in 2021.
In two videos broadcast by the local channel Crónica TV, the accused is seen and heard giving his opinion in mid-August on various current Argentine issues.
A reporter asks him: Massa yes or Massa no?, in reference to the newly appointed Minister of Economy. And Sabag Montiel replied: “No, not even with sticks.” Later, in an apparent criticism of the government’s social policy, the person suspected of targeting the vice president said: “My girlfriend had social plans, but she stopped having them, because she doesn’t give plans when you can work. She gets ahead by working, not charging plans”.
CNN contacted that news channel and the production confirmed that both appearances were casual, that is, there was no particular search to interview him.
The Argentine Federal Police indicated that the person who gives these interviews is the same person who is detained in the Superintendency of this force.
In addition, this body confirmed that the accused has a tattoo with Nazi symbols.
In turn, that same security body confirmed to CNN the address of this individual’s Facebook user. However, that profile has not been available since early Friday morning. On that website you could see that he followed groups that apparently, according to their names, spread messages of hate against some political ideologies such as communism.
Asked by CNN, a Facebook spokesperson responded in a statement: “Our policies prohibit the presence on our services of organizations or individuals that proclaim a violent goal or engage in violent action. We assess these entities based on their online and offline behavior.”