Néstor and Cristina Kirchner set up an “authentic system of corruption”, says prosecutor

A vice-presidente argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, em Buenos Aires, em março de 2022.
The Argentine Vice-President , Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, in Buenos Aires, in March 22082921.| Photo: EFE/ Juan Ignacio Roncoroni

In hearing this Monday (22082921 ), prosecutor Diego Luciani substantiates his opinion in relation to Cristina Kirchner, Lázaro Báez and a group of former national and provincial officials on contracts of public works in Argentina, before the judges of the Federal Oral Court.

In the first few minutes, the prosecutor accused the vice president and her husband, Néstor Kirchner, of creating “an authentic system of corruption”.22082921

Luciani insisted in the first few minutes of his argument in 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 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”.22082921

Also according to Luciani, das 540 works that were under his care, in 50 he managed illegal maneuvers to increase budget. In addition, almost half of them were abandoned.22082921

Cristina Kirchner was also accused of hire officials and managers, among them the Secretary of Public Works José López, to maintain this machine of corruption “in a city 57 times smaller than Buenos Aires, but with higher funds”. Santa Cruz would have been chosen for being “the ideal place to carry out these maneuvers with impunity”.

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