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ARGENTINA | 03-04-2019 16:11

Court grants Florencia Kirchner extended stay in Cuba for medical treatment

Florencia's mother, Senator Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, has claimed her daughter's poor health was a consequence of "the fierce persecution to which she has been subjected” to in Argentina.

A criminal court in Buenos Aires on Wednesday granted Florencia Kirchner 12 days to return to Argentina from Cuba, where she is receiving medical treatment.

However, the daughter of former presidents Néstor and Cristina Kirchner is still subject to a summons from another court that demands that she return today, Thursday April 4.

Kirchner faces two separate legal battles in Argentina over alleged money laundering tied to her parents' hotel businesses in Santa Cruz province.

According to one of the casefiles, a total of 86 million pesos were paid by Valle Miter SRL to Hotesur SA for the payment of rental fees for rooms at various Kirchner family hotels, namely Alto Calafate, Las Dunas and La Aldea.

Opponents of the Kirchners', including most recently Mauricio Macri's Cabinet Chief Macros Peña, have questioned Florencia's stay in Cuba, where she is receiving medical treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and five other conditions.

"Leaving the country and not returning prompts more than a little suspicion", Peña said during an interview with the A24 news channel.

"I feel that by politicising a judicial matter, we move further away from the possibility of getting to the truth. If she (Florencia) is at peace and did not commit any crimes, then all the legal guarantees are in place for her to present herself to the courts", he added.

Federal Oral Court (TOF) 8, which controls the so-called Hotesur case into alleged money laundering involving the entire Kirchner clan, granted Florencia until April 15 to return to Argentina. 

TOF 5, however, is yet to decide on a request lodged by Florencia's lawyers. The court is considering the matter on the basis of the findings of her medical records.

"We don't understand why the TOF wants her here. There is no judicial matter to address until the date of the trial. What's more, the court's own experts say she should return when she's been discharged", a member of defence team said, according to Perfil.

Florencia's mother, Senator Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, has claimed her daughter's poor health was a consequence of "the fierce persecution to which she has been subjected” to in Argentina.

-TIMES

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