Former vice-president Amado Boudou took aim at the media on Tuesday, saying the intense media attention surrounding his alleged role in the so-called Ciccone money-printing ring had put him a position where he had to prove his innocence.
"This trial has, from the beginning, been strange in that the responsibility of proof was inverted. I have had to proove I didn't know someone, prove I didn't attend a meeting", he charged. "It was almost impossible but it was achieved", Boudou added.
He claimed the media had "constructed" a story about his alleged role in the fraudulent acquisition of Ciccone Calcografica, the only facility in Argentina with the capacity to print legal tender, in 2012.
"I never negotiated through third parties the purchase of 70 percent of the shares of Ciccone", he said.
"If it were true, then the share package that was transferred had not entirely belonged to Nicolás Ciccone. If the alleged bribery were real, then there is also somebody missing [in the investigation] who participated in bribes but how never appeared here [before the courts]", he added.
BOUDOU, A SYMBOL
Boudou’s meteoric rise from middle-class beginnings in Mar del Plata began to materialise as he entered the National Social Security Administration (ANSES) in 1998. A decade later, he directed the ANSES and eliminated the AFJP private pension system. In 2009, he was sworn in as economy minister and in 2011 he became CFK’s VP.
His arrest in November last year came less than 24 hours after Fernández de Kirchner herself had lost a legal appeal against corruption charges, with a high court saying the prosecution’s case against her can go ahead.
The federal appeals court upheld a previous ruling that the 64-year-old former head of state must answer charges of criminal association and fraud that stem from her 2007-2015 term in office.