The statement comes amid an investigation into the alleged flaws in repairs of the German-built submarine, which reported a problem with its batteries shortly before disappearing.
"We declare that there have been signs of corruption at the Ministry of Defense, and, as part of this investigation, Federal Judge Sergio Torres has ordered the search of the navy [offices] and the German Ferrostaal company," Calandri, a lawyer in a working group of Argentine lawmaker Elisa Carrio, said Wednesday.
Argentina's submarine"San Juan", which disappeared on Nov. 15 in the southern Pacific, maintenance may have been compromised. There are suspicions that point to corruption. Two German companies may have not work adequately for its maintenance according to Bayerische Rundfunk pic.twitter.com/LmkKf6ocV9— Investo Press (@InvestoPress) 10 декабря 2017 г.
The communication with San Juan and its crew of 44 was lost on November 15 during a routine patrol in the South Atlantic off the coast of Argentina. A search and rescue operation was subsequently launched, involving vessels and equipment from different countries.
On November 30, the Argentine Navy said that the rescue operation was finished, adding that the mission to locate the vessel was still continuing.