Argentina’s former economy minister sentenced for corruption

8 Aug 18

Argentina’s former vice president has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison after being found guilty of corruption while he was a public servant.

Amado Boudou, who served in Cristina Fernandez’s cabinet from 2009 to 2015, was found guilty of “passive bribery” and “incompatible conduct” with his duties as a public servant, by a court on Tuesday.

The charges relate to Boudou’s attempt to buy a company that printed currency through a front business while serving as Fernandez’s economy minister.  

He received a sentence of five years and 10 months at the Fourth Federal Tribunal in Buenos Aires. He was also banned for life from holding public office, it has been reported. 

His lawyers are expected to appeal.

Fernandez, who served as president of Argentina from 2007 to 2015, has been summoned for questioning next week amidst allegations that tens of millions of dollars in bribes were funnelled to the presidential residence, mansion and offices.

She has admitted to possible corruption in her government but denies wrongdoing.

The ruling came just days after local newspaper La Nacion revealed the contents of notebooks kept by a driver in Fernandez’s administration, in which he detailed transporting millions of dollars in bribe cash from construction executives to government officials.

Dozens of executives and officials in Argentina have been arrested in the past week as part of that case.

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