BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – Former Argentine President Cristina Fernández made an uncommon detour on Monday when she returned to energy as vp, and appeared in court docket to defend herself towards corruption prices arising from her time in workplace.
The previous chief, who turns into vp in eight days, is accused of main a prison affiliation that defrauded the federal government by illegally granting public works initiatives within the southern province of Santa Cruz throughout its 2007-2015 presidency.
Fernandez angrily denounced the accusations as political persecution and blamed the outgoing administration of President Mauricio Macri. The previous president typically shouted throughout Monday's listening to, which lasted 4 hours.
"Historical past has absolved me, and historical past goes to absolve me," he instructed the three judges. "Historical past will condemn you."
She instructed the judges that she was not going to reply questions as a result of "it’s you who should reply the questions."
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Fernández can be vp of elected president Alberto Fernández, who takes workplace on December 10 after defeating Macri within the October 27 elections.
Fernández is accused of main an unlawful affiliation that unduly awarded 51 public works contracts to the entrepreneur led by the development firm Lázaro Báez.
Among the many defendants are former Federal Planning Minister Julio De Vido, former Public Works Secretary José López and former officers of the nationwide freeway company.
The previous president additionally faces 4 different authorized proceedings for alleged crimes dedicated throughout her presidency whose begin dates haven’t been established and 5 detention requests which have stalled as a result of, as a senator, she has immunity from arrest, though not from prosecution.
This primary course of started in Could whereas I used to be campaigning. She mentioned on the time that she was going to "show that the imputation is fake."
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