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    Former Argentine President Cristina Kirchner Charged in Corruption Scandal

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    Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the former president of Argentina, has been charged in a corruption scandal for taking bribes.

    The charges are related to a bribery case brought against Kirchner in August that suggests the country's businesses paid millions in bribes to officials of the Argentinian Ministry of the Interior, Public Works and Housing. Kirchner reportedly acted as the leader of the illegal association, according website Las Noticias. Although Kirchner is wanted for arrest over the charges, her parliamentary immunity would prevent her from going to prison, Reuters reported.

    Kirchner's home was searched earlier this year after Judge Claudio Bonadio, who is leading the bribery case, was able to successfully petition the Argentine Senate to partially lift Kirchner's congressional immunity, France 24 previously reported.

    Officials involved in the raid discovered files on businessmen, politicians and transcripts of wiretap recordings of gold mining company Barrick Gold inside a concrete vault at Kirchner's home in El Calafate. Other home raids were conducted in Buenos Aires and Rio Gallegos.

    The 65-year-old Argentine is believed to have received some $160 million in bribes between 2010 and 2015.

    The latest developments come months after the former president was indicted in 2016 on fraud and corruption charges over projects she commissioned while in office. Kirchner, who served as the president of Argentina from 2007 to 2015, currently acts as a senator.

    Bonadio also ordered for the prosecution of former Federal Planning Minister Julio de Vido along with other officials from the department. Several businessmen in the construction industry have also been targeted, among them Angelo Calcaterra, the cousin of current Argentine President Mauricio Macri, according to AP. 

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