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    This 2013 photo provided by the Argentina Navy shows an ARA San Juan, a German-built diesel-electric vessel, near Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    Corruption Possible During Repairs of Argentine San Juan Submarine - Lawyer

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    BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) - Corruption activities might have taken place during repairs of Argentina's San Juan submarine that went missing in mid-November, lawyer Juan Jose Calandri told Sputnik.

    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.

    READ MORE: Argentine Navy Chief Reportedly Fired After Disappearance of San Juan Submarine

    ​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.

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