Argentina corruption police raid former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner properties

July 1, 2016 3:00 pm

Former Argentine President
waves after delivering a speech to
supporters in front of the Federal Court in Buenos Aires on April 13,
2016. ©AFP

Argentinean police have searched properties of former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner as part of an investigation into her alleged involvement in financial fraud.
Police raided the properties of former president in the southern province of Santa Cruz on Thursday.
The
raids were ordered by a judge after allegations of corruption
were leveled against Kirchner relating to a company, Los Sauces, partly
owned by her family. The judge also issued a warrant to search offices
and apartments belonging to the family of the former president. 
Separately,
a federal court has ordered that Fernandez be included in an
investigation of alleged money laundering by Lazaro Baez, a businessman
who benefited from public works contracts during the 12 years that
Fernandez and her late husband as president were in power.
The businessman is now being held in police custody awaiting trial.
The
leftist former leader used her Twitter account to decry the searches of
her properties, calling the move political persecution by her
successor. She has pointed the finger of blame at conservative President
Mauricio Macri, who replaced her in December.
“It
has been years, even decades, since we last saw this kind of abuse of
power and political persecution,” Fernandez said, adding, “This is not
the first, nor will it be the last case that they’re going to make up.”
However, this is not the first time the former president’s properties have been raided.
Also
in 2015, some buildings belonging to her were searched by the country’s
police after congresswoman Margarita Stolbizer filed a legal complaint
against the former president.
The
ex-president has also been implicated in an embezzlement case, and
along with her son, has been swept up in legal proceedings over
irregularities in family real estate activities. 
The
developments come as President Macri’s government has begun
investigations into alleged corruption during Kirchner’s two-term
presidency.
Kirchner, who was in power in 2007-15, left office in December 2015 after two consecutive terms.
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