Tuesday, September 13th 2011 - 05:06 UTC

Mothers of Plaza de Mayo group queried for money laundering and fraud

Over twenty offices and homes were raided by the Argentine police on search warrants as part of the ongoing investigation into alleged money laundering and fraud with government housing funds by the human rights organization Mothers of Plaza de Mayo Foundation.

The human rights organization president Hebe de Bonafini is not a suspect, but is under investigation, said Judge Oyarbide

“With the raids we were successful in discovering several of the financial caves where Sergio Schoklender, (the foundation’s former financial manager and main suspect in the case) use to cash and exchange checks. All this evidence will be submitted to experts”, said Magistrate Norberto Oyarbide who has the case, in a Sunday interview with the Buenos Aires daily Tiempo Argentino.

“Schoklender is believed to be responsible of several actions that presumably could be typified as crimes and for that reason this court is looking into all possible evidence”, said Judge Oyarbide who is trying to determine what happened with millions of dollars in government funds awarded to the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo Foundation supposedly to build accessible housing.

However Judge Oyarbide said that Hebe de Bobafini, president of the Plaza de Mayo Mothers foundation “has not been indicted and her future depends on what the investigation brings out since there are some things that we must finish to analyze to see if she effectively was involved or not”.Nevertheless Oyarbide in previous statements said that “Hebe de Bonafini is not a plaintiff because the lady is a suspect within the cause that investigates the irregularities of fund managing that were destined to the ‘Shared dreams’ housing program”.

Likewise, Oyarbide revealed that former financial manager Sergio Schoklender acted “violently” during his spontaneous declaration earlier last week. “Yes, this man (Schoklender) acted in a violent way. He was very upset but he has to understand that he is a suspect and I am the judge, these are the rules.”

The judge predicted that this probe will turn into a huge cause, much like other recent notorious corruption cases in Argentina.

“Bonafini is not a plaintiff in this case. She is suspected in all this issue. There’s a letter of authorization that the Mothers handed to a professional, and that man is a plaintiff, representing the Mothers” insisted the Judge.

Interviewed by several radio stations, Hebe de Bonafini admitted to having bank accounts abroad, particularly in Europe, entitled to the organization and other colleagues, but assured that “they have been closed for the past five years”.

Bonafini also admitted to the organization being hired to make posters and flyers for the President Kirchner election campaign.

The Mothers organization head made the comments in response to accusations made earlier by Schoklender who stated Ms Bonifani had functioning foreign bank accounts and had contributed with funds to the Kirchner electoral campaigns.

In addition to this, Schoklender mentioned that the private jet he used was also being used by national lawmakers.

Schoklender who led a tycoon’s life as manager of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo human rights foundation and was supposed to build homes for the needy and poor, was found to have significant bank deposits, villas, a collection of sport cars, limousines, yachts and even private jets, all presumably financed with government housing funds for ‘Shared dreams’..

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1 xbarilox (#) Sep 13th, 2011 - 05:54 am Report abuse
Hebe de Bonafini said that she was happy when she knew of the twin towers attack, that day also some argentines were victims and that woman said she was happy because the people killed were bad people and deserved it. I remember Barack Obama congratulating these women, Hebe de Bonafini and Estela de Carlotto, someone should have told him who are those women Hebe de Bonafini and Estela de Carlotto. Hebe de Bonafini supports ETA, FARC, BATASUNA in those days and many other terrorist organizations. Why the UN is always giving praise to those women? “Human Rights Organization” how can a woman like Hebe de Bonafini be a fighter for Human Rights lol This woman adopted Sergio Schoklender as her own son because she's so good and he was a good lonely man, the man who murdered his own parents, do you think that Hebe de Bonafini is a good woman? Tell about a figter for Human Rights and tell me about Mother Teresa, but not Hebe de Bonafini please, she's scum!!!
“”Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government” Mother Teresa said those words, but Cristina de Kirchner believes that she and her husband invented the HHRR, and she wants the falklanders to accept her gift hahaha poor falklanders, on a day like that they would learn the meaning of horror.
2 Rob the argentine (#) Sep 13th, 2011 - 06:58 am Report abuse
Hebe is as guilty as Schoklender and lot of others in the government. Now they want to show that the only person doing wrong is Schoklender, every one else is an honorable citizen and did nothing wrong.
How they can say Ebe is not guilty when every single paper was signed by her!!
Oyarbide, the magistrate, is another scamp.
At this moment Argentina is ruled by scoundrels !!
3 ElaineB (#) Sep 13th, 2011 - 10:27 am Report abuse
Pigs at a trough. There is absolutely no way Schoklender operated alone in this corruption. Do you think no one noticed his elaborate lifestyle or questioned how he was financing it? He is most likely the chosen fall guy, hence his violent reaction, to deflect from the rest of the criminals involved.
4 Artillero601 (#) Sep 13th, 2011 - 11:00 am Report abuse
E, like Marcos or Think would say .... The Economy is doing well and we are doing the right thing to recover the Islands so don't worry about money laundry scandals and corruption, there are not important right now ..... :-)

Meanwhile, they have a 89 year old General , testifying for shit he hasn't done, and he is already guilty way before sitting to testify. What a load of BULLSHIT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
5 Be serious (#) Sep 13th, 2011 - 11:27 am Report abuse
Is nothing sacred?
6 J.A. Roberts (#) Sep 13th, 2011 - 12:04 pm Report abuse
Xbox Mother Teresa was no saint, and she certainly did not fight for human rights. In fact, she and Hebe de Bonafini have a lot more in common than you realise...
7 ElaineB (#) Sep 13th, 2011 - 12:49 pm Report abuse
@4. : )

@6 I once heard Mother Teresa described as 'ruthlessly efficient'. She probably had to be.
8 J.A. Roberts (#) Sep 13th, 2011 - 03:13 pm Report abuse
Yes, Elaine, I'm sure she was! And not only about efficiency...
9 Marcos Alejandro (#) Sep 13th, 2011 - 03:25 pm Report abuse
4 Artillero601
Cowboy, is the Tejas smoke getting to you?
In the past(ask Elaine) clearly I said that the Schoklender brothers shouldn't have been released for jail period, on top of that if anybody else is proven guilty of a crime in a court of law should go to jail(not to be dropped alive from a plane) the same way those generals that you mentioned, some for corruption and some for genocide.

10 ElaineB (#) Sep 13th, 2011 - 04:07 pm Report abuse
If Schoklender has any brains he will have evidence to bring the other criminals down with him. Do we know who else could be involved ?

@9 Yes, that sounds familiar.

@8 It is not surprising.
11 Artillero601 (#) Sep 13th, 2011 - 04:20 pm Report abuse
@9 Marquitos, one more time and I think you are missing the point BIG TIME. Allow me to explain in plain English. Hebe de Solari, Shocklender and the Government are ALL involved in this FIASCO. Oyarbide (the famous judge) is trying to cover Cristina's ass because of Shocklender's accusation ...... Do I continue?
12 Marcos Alejandro (#) Sep 13th, 2011 - 05:07 pm Report abuse
@11 Artillerito, one more time you are jumping to conclusions and want to trow out of the plane anybody just in case they are guilty of something. You can't do that anynore, just look what happen to all those old generals for example.
13 xbarilox (#) Sep 13th, 2011 - 05:19 pm Report abuse
@12 putting bombs under people's bed is not less bad than throwing people out of the plane.
14 Artillero601 (#) Sep 13th, 2011 - 06:11 pm Report abuse

The Argentine Justice System works for the ex military only ! transparency my ass .... Can you name any politician brought to Justice for corruption? and please don't waste my time, I already know the answer.

@13 :-)
15 Marcos Alejandro (#) Sep 13th, 2011 - 07:14 pm Report abuse
@14 Can you tell me where are these pregnant women, lawyers, artists, conscripts, teachers, physicians, writers, religious, foreigners?

16 Artillero601 (#) Sep 13th, 2011 - 07:30 pm Report abuse
@15 Is a simple question that requires a simple answer and OBVIOUSLY you are ignoring it.

Where is the subsidy from the Government to the victims of terrorism ?? Can you answer that SINCE you didn't answer the first one? :-)
17 GA3 (#) Sep 13th, 2011 - 07:33 pm Report abuse

Here is the question again:

Can you name any politician brought to Justice for corruption?
18 GeoffWard2 (#) Sep 13th, 2011 - 09:30 pm Report abuse
Tell me,
if CFK and her administration is shown to be, or accused of, complicity in money-laundering through the Mothers human rights organization to fund her election campaign, etc, etc, would this constitute sufficient reason to remove her from the Presidential race?

Unsubstantiated allegations against the CEO of the IMF were sufficient to remove the Frenchman from his presidental race.

What would it take to cause CFK to withdraw her candidacy?
19 Marcos Alejandro (#) Sep 13th, 2011 - 10:21 pm Report abuse
17 Unfortunately corruption exist around the world and I am not saying that it doesn't happen in our country, look for example your neighbor Bush, he and his puppy Blair went to war to Iraq under the pretext of weapons of mass destruction, tens of thousands died for Cheney Halliburton or BP contracts.
Did they go to jail? not really they are busy selling their own stupid books.

“Can you name any politician brought to Justice for corruption?”
Yes, but I was hoping today this well known politician (Menen) to go to jail today but looks like that it did not happen, yet.
Can you answer my question at 15?
20 Artillero601 (#) Sep 13th, 2011 - 10:21 pm Report abuse
A civil war :-))
21 GA3 (#) Sep 13th, 2011 - 10:31 pm Report abuse

No because you didn't answer mine. Like I said , seems like Justice is one sided only !! what else is new? Business as usual
22 Marcos Alejandro (#) Sep 13th, 2011 - 10:51 pm Report abuse
@21 I did.
“Can you name any politician brought to Justice for corruption?”

23 geo (#) Sep 14th, 2011 - 09:35 am Report abuse
[] -15 Alejo

i guess that they are all under the control at many countries
where they live there ..... !!
24 Artillero601 (#) Sep 14th, 2011 - 03:50 pm Report abuse

One? and he was acquitted?? Are you serious? so Is it safe to say that ALL Argentine politicians are dedicated public servants that gain nothing personally aside from serving the country? :-)))))))))))))))))))))))))))
25 Marcos Alejandro (#) Sep 14th, 2011 - 04:02 pm Report abuse
You asked me “any politician brought to justice”, you didn't ask if that politician was convicted or not nor how many.
Your question was answered, mine not.
26 GeoffWard2 (#) Sep 14th, 2011 - 06:05 pm Report abuse
Any Peace Prize money will be small beer alongside the money-laundering transfers,
so the Mothers and CFK are not going to pick up the Prize for the money, they are going for the publicity.

It is some sort of brass-necked brazenness being displayed here.
Publicity trumps corruption.

How can The People vote for these individuals???
Just what sort of people populate this part of the world???
27 geo (#) Sep 14th, 2011 - 06:37 pm Report abuse
maybe that

one of or few of “” desaparecidos “” write any comments at
Mercopress forums occasionally ..!! .. why not !!

we must be very carefull here !!
28 Marcos Alejandro (#) Sep 14th, 2011 - 06:49 pm Report abuse
26 GeoffWard2
“How can The People vote for these individuals???
Just what sort of people populate this part of the world???”

Sorry, I dont' know why they voted for Gordon Brown, Tony Blair or Cameron.
May be they are just like them.
29 Artillero601 (#) Sep 14th, 2011 - 06:52 pm Report abuse

Human Rights is a business in the country. Each Family received @220k US dollars from the Government to the “victims” of the Military Process, on the other end the victims from terrorism didn't get a dime. Within the list of victims, there are at least 300 false allegations like the case of Hugo Irurzun who is the one that killed President Somoza en Asuncion, killed by the Paraguayan Police and he shows as killed by the Argentine Military ......
30 GeoffWard2 (#) Sep 15th, 2011 - 12:05 pm Report abuse
you will note that the British people voted these jokers, Blair and Brown, out of office. I really don't think the Coalition is travelling the same route as the Labour Party.
The Argentinian people seem to be a bit more massochistic - “Beat on me some more, I like it!”
31 Artillero601 (#) Sep 15th, 2011 - 01:11 pm Report abuse
@30 Yes !!! High heels, leather boots and lots of spanking !!! :-)))
32 Marcos Alejandro (#) Sep 15th, 2011 - 03:34 pm Report abuse
I know, most of you are kind of weird. Are you Max's friend by any chance?

33 Artillero601 (#) Sep 15th, 2011 - 04:43 pm Report abuse
so today Hebe says the following:

Bonafini: “Clarín y La Nación son los enemigos”
En medio del escándalo Schoklender, la titular de Madres de Plaza de Mayo habló de “toda esa gentuza que no hace más que difamar”.....
Is called freedom of the press Hebe. I thought you hated the Military regime .....
34 GeoffWard2 (#) Sep 15th, 2011 - 05:43 pm Report abuse
So, Hebe, you Mother, the REAL problem in Argentina is the slanderous riffraff of a media.
Sorry, I thought it was the corrupt money-laundering individuals that the media were reporting on.
35 Artillero601 (#) Sep 15th, 2011 - 06:35 pm Report abuse
You are always wrong Geoff, please have a good use of your PhD man !!! :-)))

Shocklender is singing like a “canary” right now since his ass is in the fry pan, all the attacks are directed to Hebe, the champion of Human Rights !! Hebe responds saying that the “media” is the enemy. The enemy of who?
36 GeoffWard2 (#) Sep 15th, 2011 - 10:41 pm Report abuse
37 Artillero601 (#) Sep 16th, 2011 - 12:25 am Report abuse
I tried to make a joke and obviously you didn't get it. My bad !
38 Think (#) Sep 16th, 2011 - 04:30 am Report abuse
Military Humor:

39 Artillero601 (#) Sep 16th, 2011 - 01:11 pm Report abuse

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