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Argentina’s judiciary reopens two cases against Cristina Fernandez on money laundering charges



Argentina’s Federal Court of Cassation has reopened two previously dismissed cases against Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner on money laundering charges and a case related to the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Iran. The suspects committed the crime in 1994 against the Buenos Aires headquarters of the Argentine Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA).

court of appeals Argentina On Monday of this week, the country’s vice president was sentenced. Christina Fernandes two high-profile cases, one for alleged money laundering and the other for signing a memorandum of understanding with. Iran During his administration (2007-2015), he could receive an oral trial for this purpose.

The Federal Court of Cassation has annulled the November 2021 decision of the Federal Oral Court (TOF) 5 in the so-called Hotel Sur Los Sauces case to dismiss the vice president.

In a ruling obtained by Agencia EFE, Argentina’s Supreme Criminal Court has ruled that Cristina Fernández, her son, her attorney Máximo Kirchner and businessman Lázaro are considering pending proceedings in the case, which was about to begin an oral trial. ordered compliance. Baez and others were fired.

However, the chamber voted to reject the prosecutor’s office’s request to cancel the dismissal of Florencia Kirchner, the vice president’s daughter.

In the so-called Hotel Sur Los Sauces case, which bears the names of two companies related to the Kirchner family, suspicions that money was laundered from public works contracts were investigated through these companies. Ta.

For this reason, initially two but eventually merged, Mr. Fernandez was indicted on charges of money laundering, which were dismissed in November 2021 before the oral trial began.

The Federal Court of Cassation also decided on Monday to dismiss judges Adrian Federico Grünberg and Daniel Horacio Obrigado, who voted in favor of removing the vice president in 2021.

Memorandum of understanding with Iran

In a separate ruling against the former president, the same court reversed the dismissal of Cristina Fernández in a case where she was being investigated for signing a memorandum of understanding between Argentina and Iran in 2013. Ta.

Argentina signed this agreement to facilitate the investigation into the 1994 attack on the Argentine Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) headquarters in Buenos Aires. The Justice Department investigated the incident, which left 85 people dead and several Iranians charged. In reality, it was an operation to cover up some officials in that country.

The case began days after publicizing charges against Fernandez, who was found dead in his apartment with a gunshot wound to the head, prosecutor Alberto Nisman said.

Fernández, along with other government officials, was indicted on charges of concealment in the case, which were dismissed by the Federal Oral Court8 in October 2021, but before oral proceedings had even begun, before the Court of Cassation. has now ordered this hearing. carried forward.

The court also decided to remove Oral Court Judges Daniel Horacio Obrigado, José Antonio Michilini and Gabriela López Iniguez from the proceedings.

Fernández, 70, whose term as vice president ends on December 10, was sentenced in an oral trial in December 2022 to six years in prison and disqualified from public office on charges of administrative malpractice, which he appealed.

The vice president, who suffered an assassination attempt during the final hearing of his oral trial in September 2022, has repeatedly claimed that he was the victim of “lawfare” (judicial harassment).

Source: Biobiochile

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