Argentine court to probe president's husband Kirchner

Other current and former government officials will also be investigated.

Argentine court to probe president's husband Kirchner
An Argentine court will investigate former President Nestor Kirchner, the husband and predecessor of President Cristina Fernandez, over possible irregularities in government contracts, court officials told Reuters on Tuesday.

Kirchner and Planning Minister Julio De Vido, a member of Fernandez's cabinet who served under Kirchner from 2003 to 2007, were accused by opposition leader Elisa Carrio of conspiracy to abuse their public posts.

Carrio took evidence compiled by legislators from her Civic Coalition party to the courts, where federal judge Julian Ercolini agreed to launch a probe into several Kirchner-era public works contracts, gambling concessions and Argentina's ties to political ally Venezuela, among other matters.

Other current and former government officials will also be investigated.

There was no immediate reaction from the government or Kirchner.

Earlier this year, Fernandez was surprised by a U.S. judicial investigation related to a suitcase filled with $800,000 in cash a Venezuelan-American citizen brought to Argentina. Secretly taped conversations suggest the money was meant to fund Fernandez's presidential campaign.

Fernandez called the probe "garbage" and denied any wrongdoing.

Carrio polled second in last year's president election, far behind center-left leader Fernandez.

Reuters
Last Mod: 24 Aralık 2008, 13:30
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