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    Former Argentinian President Christina Fernandez de Kirchner

    Kirchner Dismisses Fraud Accusations, Ready to Face Incarceration Head-On

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    Former Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner told Sputnik she considered all the accusations against her about the alleged manipulation of the dollar futures markets to be groundless.

    EL CALAFATE (Argentina), (Sputnik) — Kirchner accused the new government of fabricating the trial, claiming she was not intimidated by possible incarceration.

    "It is obvious that I am subjected to persecution with the use of legal means, about which it had been announced in advance," Kirchner said, adding that the media might by implicated in hate campaign as it published reports anticipating her trial three-four years before legal proceedings had begun.

    Kirchner added that she considered her trial to be unjust and politically motivated.

    "The judge who started the investigation of the case believed that my friends or acquaintances or the economy minister's friends benefited from dollars futures transactions. It turned out, however, that those who initiated devaluation [the country's current government] are beneficiaries," Kirchner said.

    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. The Central Bank's ex-president, Alejandro Vanoli, and former Economy Minister Axel Kicillof were charged alongside the nation’s deposed leader in May.

    Earlier in July, Argentina's federal judge Claudio Bonadio ordered to arrest all her assets.


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