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Evo Morales 'rejects' CFK's indictment; Faurie fires back

Federal Judge Claudio Bonadio on Monday ordered the trial of former Argentine president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner on charges of heading a criminal organisation. He also called for her to be remanded in custody.

Monday 24 September, 2018
Bolivia President Evo Morales (left) and Argentina's Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie.
Bolivia President Evo Morales (left) and Argentina's Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie. Foto:Perfil

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News of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner's latest indictment for alleged corruption reached far and wide.

One high-profile name to speak out in support of the former Argentine president was Bolivian President Evo Morales.

"We reject the bullying of our sister Cristina Kirchner in the judiciary, which has ordered her preventative arrest. The oligarchy wants to imprison her and shut her up but they will not diminish the love of millions of Argentines who invest their hope in her. Strength, Cristina!", Morales wrote via Twitter.

Fernández de Kirchner is currently a Senator for Buenos Aires province and is therefore immune from prison time. Last Monday, Federal Judge Claudio Bonadio ordered the trial of Fernández de Kirchner on charges of heading a criminal organisation (consisting of her 41 codefendants) and also called for her to be remanded in custody. The Senate can vote to strip her of her immunity.

Responding to Morales' tweet, Argentina's Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie wrote: "President @evoespueblo, the Law in Argentina considers that we are equal before the Law. There is republican devision of powers and a democratic system based on solid institutions."

"We respect the independence of the Judiciary, which determines the legal situation of former president Kirchner complying with all guarantees set out in our National Constitution", Faurie added.

Morales has been an outspoken critic of the Mauricio Macri administration. Alongside Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro, he is one of the last remaining regional leaders of a group of leftist governments that included Néstor and Cristina Kirchner in Argentina, Dilma Rousseff and Luis Inácio "Lula" da Silva in Brazil, and Rafael Correa in Ecuador. 

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