Ex-Argentinian president Fernandez denies corruption charges

Cristina Fernandez said in a written statement presented to a federal court that the accusations are false and politically motivated.


Cristina Fernandez (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Cristina Fernandez (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Former Argentinian president Cristina Fernandez has denied wrongdoing after recent accusations that she was responsible for a corruption scheme involving public works contracts.

Fernandez said in a written statement presented to a federal court that the accusations are false and politically motivated.

More than a dozen people have been arrested in the case. They include business leaders and former officials who served in Fernandez’s 2007-15 administration.

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Cristina Fernandez is surrounded by media outside her home as she leaves for the court hearing in Buenos Aires (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

The case is based on an investigation by La Nacion newspaper into alleged corruption over more than a decade during the governments of Fernandez and her late husband, Nestor Kirchner.

The newspaper says the driver of one of the accused kept notebooks with detailed information on bribes.

Fernandez is currently a senator, a post that grants her immunity from prosecution.

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