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ARGENTINA | 18-02-2019 15:25

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.

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

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