Argentine officials approached Fernandez de Kirchner with a loaded gun outside his home in Buenos Aires on Thursday and identified Fernando Sabhag Montiel as a suspect in a supposedly failed assassination attempt.
A police spokesperson told CNN that Sabhag Montiel, who had a license to carry a weapon, was arrested in 2021 for carrying a large knife in public and has tattoos of Nazi symbols. I added that there is at least one.
He was born on January 13, 1987 in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, and has lived in Argentina since 1993, according to immigration officials.
A video of the incident shows Fernandez de Kirchner smiling as she walks by a large crowd of supporters.
No bullets were fired and the vice president was unharmed, but the Argentine Ministry of Security later confirmed there was a bullet inside the .380 gun used in the incident.
Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez said in a televised broadcast: “For some reason it is technically not possible to confirm that Cristina is alive at the moment, so a weapon armed with five bullets fired despite the trigger being pulled. Because I didn’t do it.” I will address late Thursday.
The attack on Fernández de Kirchner, who was president of the country from 2007 to 2015 and became vice president in 2019, shocked the country and the wider region.
The leaders of Mexico, Cuba, Chile and Venezuela have all reacted to the news with fear and expressed solidarity with Fernandez de Kirchner, but the Argentinean president will be able to draw public support on Friday. declared a national holiday.
Sabhag Montiel’s girlfriend, who took part in a live interview on Argentine national television after his arrest, said she too had trouble understanding what had happened.
Sabag Montiel was a “good, hardworking man” and had shown no signs of violence “in recent weeks,” his girlfriend said.
When she last saw him on Wednesday, she couldn’t understand “why he did what he did.”
“Honestly, I was unaware of all this. [Sabag] They didn’t give me any details,” Amber said.
Sabag is currently in custody pending trial on attempted murder charges and has been assigned a public defender, according to two magistrates.