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Argentina: Corruption cases

The FPV suffered a further setback in April 2016 when former President Fernández and a former FPV planning minister, Julio de Vido, were implicated in a money laundering case. In June one of de Vido’s close associates, José López, a former secretary of public works, was arrested after being found throwing bags of cash into the grounds of a monastery. Fernández was indicted on charges of illicit enrichment in December, along with López and several others. They were accused of illegally diverting funds intended for public works projects. The former President also faced charges of manipulating currency markets while in office. In March 2017 a federal court ruled that the former President should stand trial on charges of financial mismanagement while in office, although a trial date was yet to be set in early 2018. In October 2017 de Vido, a federal deputy since 2015, was stripped of his parliamentary immunity in order that he face trial on corruption charges. Early in the following month Amado Boudou, the former FPV Vice-President, was arrested on bribery charges first brought in 2014 (see Economic Strains ).

In addition to the five separate charges of corruption against her, in December 2017 former President Fernández was also charged with treason in connection to her alleged role in covering up Iranian involvement in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish cultural centre (see The death of Alberto Nisman ). However, Fernández’s election to the Senate in October of that year (see Recent developments ) afforded her immunity from prosecution. The judge investigating the case urged the Congress to end her protection from prosecution so that she could face trial. Fernández’s former foreign minister, Héctor Timerman, was also charged in connection with the case and placed under house arrest.

Citation: Corruption cases (Argentina), in Europa World online. London, Routledge. Retrieved 23 January 2019 from http://www.europaworld.com/pub/entry/EE000263

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