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Argentine prosecutor asks for 12 years in prison for Cristina Kirchner

A prosecutor this Monday asked for (12) a sentence of 12 years in prison to Argentina’s vice president, Cristina Kirchner, in the trial in which she is accused of committing irregularities in the concession of public works when she was president of the country.

Prosecutor Diego Luciani also asked that Cristina, who ruled Argentina between 2007 and 2015, is prevented from holding public office.

Cristina Kirchner, from 69 years, has been on trial since May 2019 for the alleged crime of illicit association and fraudulent administration of public funds.

In this case, alleged irregularities in the granting of of 51 public works contracts in the province of Santa Cruz to companies owned by businessman Lázaro Báez during the governments of the late former president Néstor Kirchner (2003 -2007) and his wife and successor, Cristina Kirchner (2007-2015).

Luciani also requested several sentences to Lázaro Báez and former Planning Minister Julio de Vido and other former government officials.

At a hearing in early August, the prosecutor accused the vice president and her husband, Néstor Kirchner, of creating “an authentic system of corruption”.

Luciani insisted on the role of Lázaro Báez, a businessman “created” to take over businesses and defraud the State. “From one day to the next, he went from being a bank employee to a civil construction entrepreneur (…). From one day to the next, the State, with the taxes that all citizens pay, entrusted him with 78, 4% of the road works in Santa Cruz”, Luciani pointed out.

According to the prosecutor, “the main responsible for the organization” were behind it and a “corrupt state structure endorsed it”.

Still according to Luciani, das 51 works that were under his care, in 50 he managed illegal maneuvers to increase the budget. In addition, almost half of them were abandoned.

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