Argentina: Court confirms corruption trial for Fernández de Kirchner, De Vido

The Federal Criminal Cassation Court on Wednesday confirmed the corruption trials of Vice-President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, former Federal Planning minister Julio De Vido and various businessmen, ruling the former president’s objections to be “inadmissible.”

Judges Liliana Catucci, Guillermo Yacobucci and Eduardo Riggi all rejected the objections of the vice-president’s lawyer Carlos Beraldi.

Construction tycoons such as Carlos Wagner, Benito Roggio, Osvaldo De Sousa, María Rosa and Gerardo Cartellone and Ángelo Calcaterra (the cousin of ex-president Mauricio Macri) are among the indicted on 175 counts of graft between 2003 and 2015.

According to the prosecution, at least US$160 million was paid in bribes during the 2003-2007 presidency of the late Néstor Kirchner alone. Prosecutors believe Fernández de Kirchner, who served as president from 2007 to 2015, with De Vido as her planning minister, was at the centre of an illegal bribery ring.

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