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    Argentine to Search Deposit Boxes Belonging to Ex-President Kirchner

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    Argentinian authorities are set to search deposit boxes belonging to former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, local media reported.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The measure comes following claims by lawmaker Margarita Stolbizer that the ex-president and her family held "millions of dollars" in deposit boxes.

    According to the La Nacion newspaper, federal judge Julian Ercolini issued an order to carry out searches of deposit boxes registered in Kirchner’s name at the Banco de Santa Cruz branches on Thursday. In case bank officials refuse to cooperate with the authorities, the law enforcement personnel will be allowed to storm the bank’s facilities in order to retrieve the documents with regard to the former president, the paper reported.

    On Wednesday, Argentina’s federal judge Claudio Bonadio ordered to arrest all assets of former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

    Kirchner is accused of defrauding the state of over $5 billion. She allegedly manipulated the central bank to set an artificially low rate for dollar sales on futures markets. Central bank president Alejandro Vanoli and former Economy Minister Axel Kicillof were charged alongside the nation’s deposed leader in May.


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