Five days after the assassination attempt on Argentina’s Vice-President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, investigators have uncovered images of the assailant and his girlfriend posing with what appears to be the weapon used in the attack.
Two leaked photographs from the investigative case-file, taken prior to the attack on the former president, were first published on Tuesday by the Clarín newspaper.
The images show both the suspected attacker, Fernando André Sabag Montiel, 35, and his girlfriend, Brenda Uliarte, 23, posing with the Bersa handgun used in the attack.
Sabag Montiel, who was detained by police in the immediate aftermath of the failed shooting attack on the former president, is shown in a selfie with his finger on the trigger. In the second photograph, Uliarte is seen with the gun tucked into the waistband of her trousers.
The images were uncovered during the first initial tests on the phones of the accused and his partner, according to reports. They were found on the device’s memory card.
Sabag Montiel has so far refused to comment on the events of September 1, with Uliarte expected to be asked to give additional testimony later today.
Uliarte initially said in a television interview that she had not seen her boyfriend on the day of the incident, though video from security cameras taken from the day of the botched assassination bid have now revealed that she was just metres away from Sabag Montiel when he launched his attack.
Judicial sources, quoted in multiple local outlets on Tuesday, say that investigators are now working under the hypothesis that Sabag Montiel may not have acted alone.
According to sources cited by the Noticias Argentinas news agency, geolocation data taken from the duo’s mobile phones and CCTV footage has revealed that both individuals were in the vicinity of Fernández de Kirchner's apartment in the upmarket City neighbourhood of Recoleta in the days leading up to the attack.
The Times believes that Uliarte has not appointed a legal team to defend her and according to reports, she will be assigned a lawyer from the public defender’s office at the Comodoro Py federal courthouse in Buenos Aires.
Once the issue is resolved, she is expected to be asked to give a new statement before Judge María Eugenia Capuchetti either late Tuesday or on Wednesday morning.
Footage of Uliarte, who is known as 'Ámbar' to her close friends, railing against politicians and the recipients of welfare support payments in a television interview has circulated in the days after the attack.
According to reports, she made a living from selling candyfloss on the streets and by selling X-rated content on a number of adult websites, including OnlyFans.