An Argentine judge on Friday said that ex-president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner must face trial over alleged corruption related to the awarding of public contracts in her southern political stronghold of Patagonia.
The Argentine government is demanding compensations of over 1.2 billion US dollars from ex president Cristina Fernandez, several of her ministers and staff, as well as businessmen benefitted by the Kirchner administrations, for damages caused by acts of corruption.
An Argentine court on Tuesday prosecuted ex president Cristina Fernandez and her children, Maximo and Florencia, as alleged heads of an illicit organization to launder money in association with public works contractors. The ruling includes the seizure of family assets equivalent to US$ 8.5 million and handing over their passports.
The two children of Argentine ex president Cristina Fernandez, Florencia and Maximo Kirchner, showed up in court on Monday morning to be questioned on a case involving a family company which owns several hotels and allegedly has been involved in money laundering and unlawful association among other crimes.
Argentine justice started to value properties belonging to former president Cristina Fernandez at her home province of Santa Cruz in the framework of an investigation into a society, Los Sauces, of which she is a shareholder. We are rating the properties; we want to know the exact value of them, said prosecutor Carlos Rivolo who has the case.
The former Argentine president said she is no friends with entrepreneur Lazaro Baez, who was awarded around 80 percent of all public works in the province of Santa Cruz when governed by her late husband and eventually president Nestor Kirchner.
Argentine former president Cristina Fernandez criticized her fellow opposition leaders, accusing them of failing to “fulfill” their role as a check on President Mauricio Macri’s administration.
The properties of former Argentina president Cristina Fernandez, in the province of Santa Cruz, have been raided by police on Thursday. The search was part of an investigation into the ex president's possible involvement in financial fraud.
Argentine public opinion still hasn't been able to overcome last week's events: a civil engineer who has been working for the Kirchner couple since 1991 and managed some 130bn dollars in public works in that time is locked in a psychiatric ward awaiting charges after he was discovered trying to hide almost 9 million dollars cash and jewels in a rather secretive convent.
Almost 100 million pesos (approx US$ 7.3 million) are held in offshore accounts by officials from the current Argentine administration economic Cabinet, a figure higher than the 18 million pesos President Mauricio Macri reported as having in a Bahamas account.