A United States federal judge on Thursday said Citigroup Inc cannot process interest payments by Argentina on some bonds issued under that country's law. U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa in Manhattan said letting Citigroup process the payments on so-called dollar-denominated exchange bonds would violate a requirement that Argentina treat bondholders equally.
Economy ministry Axel Kicillof once again defiantly insisted Argentina has made a required debt payment on restructured sovereign bonds on Friday night, just hours after a U.S. judge threatened a contempt-of-court order if Argentina did not stop issuing such statements.
New York district judge Thomas Griesa on Friday threatened to declare Argentina in “contempt” of court if the Republic continues to make “false and deceiving statements,” following Argentina’s claim it has already paid exchange bondholders and has no pending obligations, as it deposited 539 million dollars in bond payments in Bank of New York Mellon (BoNY) and Citibank.
US Judge Thomas Griesa rejected on Tuesday Argentina’s request for a suspension ('stay') on the ruling that ordered Buenos Aires to pay 1.3 billion dollars plus interests to holdout speculative funds and instructed Argentina and holdouts to meet on Wednesday morning for a first face-to-face meeting.
The US government will stand before the Supreme Court on Monday in support of Argentina's position in its ongoing legal fight with bond investors over a ruling which forces banks in New York, with which Argentina does business, to disclose information about the country's non US assets, as investors seek repayment.
“We are representing a government, and governments will not be told to do things that fundamentally violate their principles” lawyer Jonathan Blackman told the Manhattan US appeals court.
Argentina's defence urged a US appeals court on Wednesday to come up with a workable solution to its long-running fight with so-called holdout bondholders, and assured the country will not pay an amount exceeding the one set in the debt-swaps.
Argentina asked a US federal appeals court to reverse lower-court rulings that could help creditors including Elliott Management Corp.’s NML Capital Fund collect on 1.4 billion dollars in defaulted bonds.