“Every government (in Argentina) has been corrupt except my own”, 87-year-old former president Carlos Menem said Sunday in a rare interview given to CNN en Español.
“Parliamentary immunity does not protect me and I do not want it to protect me. Let them investigate everything they want to (investigate) but I am not going to hold on to that immunity to avoid a court case. Every government has been corrupt except my own”, he told journalist Jonaton Viale.
Of the many court cases Menem has faced, two have led to sentences though both are pending appeals court decisions.
In 2013 he was found guilty for the aggravated smuggling of weapons to Croatia and Ecuador in the 1990s, for which he received a sentence of seven years in jail. In 2015, he was found guilty for embezzlement, for which he received a four and half year sentence.