Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Argentina: Former President Kirchner Charged for Corruption

Former President of Argentina Cristina Kirchner, who ruled Argentina from 2007 to 2015, was indicted on Tuesday by a judge in Buenos Aires who suspects her of favoritism when awarding public contracts to a businessman close to a " her.

"Judge Julian Ercolini has indicted the former president of the illegal association, fraudulent administration and ordered the freezing of her property of 10 billion pesos (600 million euros, editor's note)," according to a statement from the ministry of Justice.

Mrs. Kirchner, who had already been indicted in a speculation on exchange rates, immediately denounced "a formidable maneuver of political persecution", when she left the office.

She is suspected of having favored the businessman Lazaro Baez in obtaining contracts of public works in the province of Santa Cruz, his political stronghold located in Patagonia, in the south of Argentina.

Besides the former president, his then Minister of Planning, Julio de Vido, was also indicted.

Lazaro Baez, a construction company leader, has been imprisoned since April. Close to Nestor (president from 2003 to 2007) and Cristina Kirchner, he was considerably enriched during the couple's three terms.

"I am neither a friend nor a partner of Baez," defended Cristina Kirchner, 63, in her statement to the judge.

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