Buenos Aires Times

argentina CORRUPTION

Ex-VP Amado Boudou to return to prison after court revokes bail

Former vice-president to Fernández de Kirchner was released in December under bail while he appealed a near-six-year conviction for bribery and conducting business incompatible with public office.

Monday 18 February, 2019
Former vice-president Amado Boudou.
Former vice-president Amado Boudou. Foto:Noticias Argentinas

Former vice-president Amado Boudou will soon be returning to jail after an appeals court on Monday ruled to uphold a complaint lodged by two anti-corruption offices against the decision in December to grant him temporary release from Ezeiza prison.

Boudou was released in December under bail while he appealed a near-six-year conviction for bribery and conducting business incompatible with public office. His defence team secured release after a change in composition to the ruling Federal Oral Tribunal Number 4. 

But the Financial Information Unit (UIF) and the Anti-corruption Office (OA) opposed the ruling, and successfully argued against it before judges Gustavo Hornos, Mariano Borinsky and Juan Carlos Gemignani.

Boudou had paid one million pesos in bail before his release, and was forced to wear a tracking device.

"There are no changes... that would justify a new resolution by the Oral Tribunal", the OA, acting as a plaintiff, told the Appeals Court.

CORRUPTION

Boudou was accused of using shell companies and secret middlemen to gain control of a company that was given contracts to print Argentine currency as well as material for President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner's election campaign. He was the first sitting Argentine vice president to face such charges.

He also served as economy minister during Fernández de Kirchner's 2007-2015 administration.

-TIMES/PERFIL/AP

Op-Ed

Top Stories

  1. 1MercadoLibre secures US$1.85B investment led by PayPal, DragoneerMercadoLibre secures US$1.85B investment led by PayPal, Dragoneer
  2. 2Horrifying video of New Zealand massacre tests websites' ability to curb violent content
  3. 3Messi the centre of attention as Albiceleste squad meets in Madrid
  4. 4Danish Queen Margrethe II arrives in Buenos Aires for official visit
  5. 5IMF staff approves release of US$10.87-billion tranche of loan
  6. 6Prosecutors request arrest of Techint CEO Paolo Rocca
  7. 7Off the radar: Argentina's gender pay gap and the attempts to tackle it
  8. 8Blood results fail to show Natacha Jaitt consumed cocaine prior to death
  9. 9Cristina Fernández de Kirchner meets with Raúl Castro in Cuba
  10. 10Police suspect 12-year-old girl's suicide linked to WhatsApp terror game Momo