15:52 GMT +314 October 2019
Listen Live
    Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez

    Former Argentine President Fernandez Indicted On Corruption Charges

    © AP Photo / Rodrigo Abd
    Get short URL

    Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, President of Argentina from 2007 to 2015, was indicted Tuesday on corruption charges. She has denied all allegations, arguing they are politically motivated.

    Fernandez is being investigated for illicit association. Judge Julian Ercolini has ordered an embargo of 10 billion pesos, according to local media outlets. 

    Prosecutors accuse Fernandez of using the power of her office to guide public contracts to a businessman close to her family, Lazaro Baez, whose company allegedly gained from the contracts. 

    Further, two cabinet ministers were named in the indictment, former Planning Minister Julio de Vido and Public Works Secretary Jose Lopez. 

    According to the ruling, the defendants are accused of conspiring to illegally take taxpayer dollars meant for public works projects between 2003 and 2015. 

    Baez's companies received 52 contracts to do $2.9 billion worth of public works projects.

    Gregorio Dalbon, Fernandez's legal counsel, said via Twitter that he is not worried about the indictment and that he plans to appeal. 


    Argentina Assumes Mercosur Chairmanship Amid Venezuela’s Suspension
    ‘Non-Human Rights’: Argentina Judge Orders Chimp to Be Set Free
    Clinton’s Victory Would Benefit US-Argentina Relations, Foreign Minister Says
    UK, Argentina Agree on 1st Joint Positive Statement on Falklands Since 1999
    US, Argentina Set to Begin Talks on Sharing Tax Information - Treasury Dept.
    Lazaro Baez, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Buenos Aires
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik