The mobile phone carried by Fernando André Sabag Montiel, the aggressor arrested for the attack against Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, was blocked in one of the attempts to extract information by the Federal Police and that fundamental evidence for the investigation is at risk of being lost. , judicial sources have confirmed to Télam.
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To explain the technical event, the two technicians from the Airport Security Police (PSA) were summoned to testify this Sunday, to whom the legend appeared that accounted for a possible formatting of the phone.
This happened in a new attempt they made to extract information in the framework of the proceedings in the case of the attack suffered by the vice president on Thursday, hours after the device had been manipulated by technicians from the PFA, which was the first force trying to extract information.
Despite the inconvenience that keeps the investigators in suspense, from the court in charge of María Eugenia Capuchetti they expressed confidence that the chain of custody was not violated and they claim to have all the documentary evidence that would account for it.
The phone was seized when Sabag Montiel was arrested on Thursday night, after the attack on Cristina Fernández de Kirchner when she arrived at her home in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Recoleta.
The phone was off and without battery. They placed it in a sealed envelope and took it to court by order of the magistrate.
It turned on when they plugged it in for the first extraction attempt, and was immediately put into airplane mode so no one could remotely access the phone.
At the courthouse, the extraction attempts began with PFA technical personnel and the use of a system called UFED. The two PFA technicians who manipulated the telephone and gave an account of what the maneuvers consisted of to the secretary of the court, Federico Clerc. When they assumed that the attempts failed, they prepared a report to record what had been done and the condition in which the phone was left in court custody in an open envelope and in the safe.
Hours later, the court received the news that the PSA had a more up-to-date system that could try to extract the information and the device was taken there in a custody order.
At the PSA offices they tried again to extract the information and there a legend appeared on the device’s screen stating that it had been formatted and it was not possible to carry out the operation. Under these conditions, the phone returned, always on and in airplane mode, to the court safe.
From there, two members of PSA were called to report on the event technically, which will take place this morning, Sunday. In court they rule out that the phone could have been accessed remotely because it remained in airplane mode since it was kidnapped, so they suspect that the formatting may have occurred due to the multiplicity of attempts to access it.
However, there is information on the phone that the court has already accessed: it is the information stored on the SIM card.
CRM with information from Télam agency