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Former Argentinian president goes on trial for corruption charges



Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.
Photo Credit: Reuters.

The corruption trial of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Argentina’s former president, has begun in Buenos Aires.

Fernández is accused of accepting bribes from construction firms in exchange for lucrative government contracts while she was in power.

The trial is the first of 12 cases against Fernández, and its beginning comes days after she announced she was running for office.

Fernández posted on Twitter ahead of the trial that the accusations against her were a politically motivated “smokescreen.”

Fernández wrote: “Trials must seek the truth. But it doesn’t look like this is going to happen here.”

Fernández is running for vice-president in the country’s national election which will take place on October 27. The BBC reports that Fernández is being accused of giving preference to her friend, a businessman called Lazaro Baez, for road construction contracts in Santa Cruz, an Argentinian province.

Fernández wrote about the trial on Twitter: “It is a new act of persecution, with a single objective: to place a former president opposed to this government on the defendant’s bench during a full presidential campaign.”

Fernandez is polling favorably despite accusations against her, as Argentines live through austerity measures implemented by President Mauricio Macri.

Fernández was president of Argentina from 2007 until 2015.

 

 

 

 


Ex presidenta argentina va a juicio por cargos de corrupción

 

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.
Photo Credit: Reuters.

El juicio por corrupción de Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, ex presidenta de Argentina, comenzó en Buenos Aires.

Fernández está acusada de aceptar sobornos de empresas constructoras a cambio de lucrativos contratos gubernamentales mientras ella estaba en el poder.

El juicio es el primero de 12 casos contra Fernández, y su inicio se produce días después de que anunció que se postulaba para el cargo.

Fernández publicó en Twitter antes del juicio que las acusaciones contra ella eran una “cortina de humo” motivada políticamente.

Fernández escribió: “Las pruebas deben buscar la verdad. Pero no parece que esto vaya a suceder aquí “.

Fernández se está postulando a la vicepresidencia en las elecciones nacionales del país, que se celebrarán el 27 de octubre. La BBC informa que Fernández está siendo acusada de dar preferencia a su amigo, un empresario llamado Lázaro Báez, por los contratos de construcción de carreteras en Santa Cruz, un Provincia argentina.

Fernández escribió sobre el juicio en Twitter: “Es un nuevo acto de persecución, con un solo objetivo: colocar a un ex presidente opuesto a este gobierno en el banco del acusado durante una campaña presidencial completa”.

Fernández está votando favorablemente a pesar de las acusaciones en su contra, ya que los argentinos viven las medidas de austeridad implementadas por el presidente Mauricio Macri.

Fernández fue presidente de Argentina desde 2007 hasta 2015.

 

 

 

 


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