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Judge Bonadio sends in excavators to dig for Lázaro Báez's alleged dirty cash

The Cruz Aike property is valued at around 40 million pesos. It is located 60 kilometres from El Calafate. Authorities believe it is part of a conglomerate of assets which Báez accumulated during the Kirchner governments that resulted from alleged widespread corruption.

Monday 10 September, 2018
The courts have searched Lázaro Báez's Cruz Aike property on a number of occasions.
The courts have searched Lázaro Báez's Cruz Aike property on a number of occasions. Foto:File-Perfil

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A rural property belonging to the alleged frontman of the Kirchner family was raided this weekend, as authorities searched for evidence of supposed corruption, including cash.

The disgraced businessman Lázaro Báez's Cruz Aike farm in Santa Cruz province was searched over the weekend, on the orders of federal judge Claudio Bonadio.

Bonadio is investigating Báez and his alleged former bosses, ex presidents Néstor and Cristina Kirchner, in a number of cases including the most recent "notebook" scandal.

Over 20 officials from the National Road services and Border Force raided a space located around one kilometre from one of Báez's homes. The house and property had been searched two years ago on the orders of judge Sebastián Casanello and prosecutor Guillermo Marijuan.

According to press reports, authorities received an anonymous tip-off that a container full of cash had been buried on the property.

The Cruz Aike property is valued at around 40 million pesos. It is located 60 kilometres from El Calafate. Authorities believe it is part of a conglomerate of assets which Báez accumulated during the Kirchner governments that resulted from alleged widespread corruption.

Báez is currently in jail on an order of preventative arrest.

-TIMES/PERFIL

 

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