Even after conviction, the Argentine vice president denied being responsible for defrauding the public administration
Cristina Kirchner was sentenced by the country’s justice to six years in prison
After being convicted of corruption this Tuesday, the 6th, the vice-president of Argentina🇧🇷 Cristina Kirchner, stated that the six-year prison sentence was implemented by a “parastatal judicial mafia”. She reiterated her innocence in the process that investigated irregularities in the concession of road works. In a video message transmitted from her Senate office, minutes after the verdict was announced, Cristina again stated that the sentence against her, which she confirmed she will appeal, “was already written”. “The idea was to condemn me, as they finally did,” said the former president, who governed Argentina between 2007 and 2015. Cristina denied being responsible for defrauding public administration because, as president, she had no control over budgetary laws, which did not include the public works object of this judgment, nor did it administer or execute these budgets, a responsibility of the head of the Cabinet of Ministers. The vice president assured that none of the accusations made by the prosecutors who participated in this trial are true and added that, more than ‘lawfare’ (judicial harassment), it has been the target of a “mafia”. “This is a parallel State and mafia, judicial mafia, and confirmation of the existence of a parastatal system, where decisions are made about the life, property and freedom of all Argentines,” she said.
She was convicted on charges of having been head of a criminal organization to embezzle state money when she was in charge of the country from 2007 to 2015. The decision also disqualifies her from holding public office. According to the indictment, frauds were committed that took out US$ 1 billion. Despite the conviction, she will not be arrested because she has privileged jurisdiction and can still run for a third term. This Tuesday’s decision is the first instance that opens a long path, which could last years, of appeals before being finalized, which would allow him to run for any position in the 2023 general elections. In his final statements before the court, Kirchner accused the judges of having “invented and misrepresented” the facts. “This is a firing squad,” she accused. In addition to Cristina, 12 other people were judged.
*With information from the EFE agency
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