Saturday 21 September 2019
Buenos Aires – (ASHA):
Former Argentine President Cristina Kirchner faces a fourth trial in a corruption case while she is running for vice president in presidential elections due at the end of October.
The new case is linked to the dossier known in Argentina as "corruption books" in which Kirchner's administration is accused of taking bribes for public tenders, France 24 news channel reported on Saturday.
Kirchner, 66, an Argentine senator with partial parliamentary immunity, says she is a victim of political persecution by the government of President Mauricio Macri (center-right).
Prosecutors had ordered Kirchner to be held in pretrial detention in the "corruption notebooks" case, but her parliamentary immunity had been jailed, not tried.
The scandal of "corruption books" was revealed on August 1 after the publication of the contents of the books in which the driver of an official accurately recorded the whereabouts and dates of delivering bags of money to members of the Kirchner administration, heads of companies in the public works sector.
According to Attorney General Carlos Stornelli, bribes between 2005 and 2015 amount to $ 160 million.
After being elected president from two terms between 2007 and 2015, Kirchner is a candidate for vice president along with presidential candidate Alberto Fernandez, who is currently the most prominent and still very popular opposition figure.
Despite corruption charges, Fernandez and Kirchner lead the polls for the October 27 elections, ahead of the second-term candidate Macri, but he is in a weak position as a result of Argentina's serious economic crisis.
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