MADRID, Sep. 20 (EUROPE PRESS) –
Former Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner will have to sit again on the bench of the defendants, this time for the case known as 'the notebooks of the bribes', in which a network of bribes in exchange for public contracts is investigated .
Federal judge Claudio Bonadio has ordered this Friday to open an oral trial against Fernández de Kirchner, former Planning Minister Julio de Vido and other senior officials of his Administration, as well as against 30 entrepreneurs of large companies.
According to Bonadio, she and her husband, the late President Nestor Kirchner, “commanded” between 2003 and 2015 an “illicit association” dedicated to collecting bribes ('kickbacks') to companies that wanted to contract with the State.
“A system of fundraising to receive illegal money in order to enrich themselves illegally and to use part of those funds in the commission of other crimes, all taking advantage of their position as officials of the Executive Branch,” says Bonadio in his resolution.
The Kirchner's son, Máximo, was one of those investigated in this case, but finally the federal judge has chosen not to send him to trial, according to the Argentine newspaper 'La Nación'.
In addition, Bonadio has again asked the Senate, where Fernández de Kirchner owns a seat, to deprive him of his parliamentary immunity so that he can carry out his preventive detention order, something he has not yet achieved.
The former Argentine president sat on the bench of the accused for the first time on May 21 for leading a criminal organization to defraud the State by contracting public works in the province of Santa Cruz through frontmen with the Austral Construcciones Group, owned by the Kirchner family. This would have billed 46,000 million pesos (more than one billion euros).
The sentence of this first trial is expected by the beginning of 2020, that is, after the presidential elections of October 27, to which the leftist leader concurs as 'number two' of the 'Peronist' candidate for the Casa Rosada, Alberto Fernández , which starts as a favorite after prevailing to the current president, Mauricio Macri, in the national primary of last August.
Fernández de Kirchner has other open criminal cases, including those known as Hotesur and Los Sauces – for similar corruptions – for which the oral trial has already been ordered. The leftist leader attributes the judicial action to a political persecution orchestrated by the Government of Macri.