September 28, 2022

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Argentina Public Ministry Prepares to Arrest Vice President Cristina Kirchner – News

The Public Ministry is preparing Monday (22) to issue a prison sentence against Argentina’s Vice President Cristina Kirchner on corruption charges during her presidency (2007-2015). .

Prosecutor Sergio Mola opened the ninth and final trial of the prosecution’s charges, reviewing the details of the case in which more than a hundred witnesses testified.

Mola opined that the accused hatched a “scheme” to defraud the government by being “discreet in the use of funds”.

The investigation, which began in May 2019, examines targeting and overpricing of public works concessions in the Kirchners’ political home state of Santa Cruz.

During the hearings, which were monitored remotely by those involved, the public ministry accused Kirchner of being the head of an illegal association and fraud against the state, crimes punishable by up to 16 years in prison.

The Penal Code establishes that anyone convicted of these offenses is ineligible to hold public office. For this, the conviction must be approved by the High Courts.

After MP’s indictment is closed, the 13 defendants have ten working days to begin presenting their defence, which could take months. A verdict should be announced by the end of this year.

The Public Ministry accuses the vice president of leading an “illegal association” to defraud the state through crimes that began during the presidency of her husband, NĂ©stor Kirchner (2003-2007), who died in 2010.

The FIU (Financial Information Unit) considered it “irresponsible to pursue a charge sheet” by rejecting the Public Ministry’s contentions about the existence of offenses of fraudulent management and illegal association.

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This Sunday (21), a public letter signed by more than 500 mayors expressed support for Kirchner, whom they consider a “victim of judicial harassment”.

Representatives of the ruling Frente de Todos issued a declaration of support for Kirchner, president of the Senate, and a petition signed by prominent political and cultural figures, published in the press this Monday.

The 69-year-old vice president managed to get several cases dismissed for alleged crimes during his two presidential terms (2007-2015), but he still faces five more trials.