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Argentine vice-president Amado Boudou charged with bribery

Saturday, June 28th 2014 - 10:07 UTC
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Boudou is accused of using shell companies and secret middlemen to gain control of the printing company Boudou is accused of using shell companies and secret middlemen to gain control of the printing company
Federal judge Ariel Lijo's decision was published Friday night on the justice department's website. Federal judge Ariel Lijo's decision was published Friday night on the justice department's website.

An Argentine judge has charged Vice President Amado Boudou with bribery and conducting business incompatible with public office in the acquisition of the company that prints the country's currency and of later benefiting from government contracts.

 Boudou is accused of using shell companies and secret middlemen to gain control of the company that was given contracts to print the Argentine peso and campaign material for the ticket he shared with President Cristina Fernandez.

Federal judge Ariel Lijo's decision was published Friday night on the justice department's website.

The vice president will remain free while awaiting trial in the case along with five other defendants, according to a statement from Argentina's federal court system.

Boudou is the first sitting Argentine vice president since the nation emerged from military dictatorship in 1983 to face such charges. He could be sentenced to between one and six years in prison, and banned from holding public office.

Boudou says he is innocent of the accusations.

The vice-president has carried out minimal public functions in recent months as the investigation came to a head.

The accusation comes at a sensitive time for Argentina, as the government battles in the U.S. courts against “holdout” creditors who want full repayment of bonds left over from the country's massive sovereign default in 2002.

Categories: Politics, Argentina.

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  • BLACK CAT

    Tax audits of Argentine Judges coming right up........

    Jun 28th, 2014 - 10:21 am 0
  • ChrisR

    NO.

    I cannot believe there are ministers (or VP''s) who bribe people.

    Whatever next, robbing the government to put into their own accounts?

    Ha, ha, ha.

    Jun 28th, 2014 - 11:16 am 0
  • Anglotino

    If it true then he's a pretty canny operator.

    Printing pesos is an extremely lucrative business when you consider how many have been printed recently.

    Jun 28th, 2014 - 11:16 am 0
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