Tamil Diplomat

Argentina ex-leader Cristina Fernandez appears in court

Former Argentinian president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has made her first appearance in court over corruption allegations, claiming she is a victim of political persecution.

Ms Fernandez’s government has been accused of steering public contracts to a businessman close to her family.

But she asked the judge to annul the case, saying the government was using the case to cover up its failures. She also accused current President Mauricio Macri of plotting against her.

Mr Macri’s government was like “a terrorist organisation”, she said, and the charges against her were designed “to hide Argentina’s socio-economic disaster”.

The charges relate to alleged money-laundering by a businessman who received public works contracts during Ms Fernandez’s time in power. It is alleged he used his companies to launder money for Ms Fernandez and her husband, late president Nestor Kirchner.

The former president presented the national budget documents to court as part of her evidence, highlighting that the accounts had been approved by parliamentary bodies and the country’s auditor general.(BBC,2016)