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ARGENTINA | 15-08-2018 11:18

Plea bargains pile up in Argentina's 'notebook' bribery case

Gabriel Benjamin Romero is an owner of the Emepa Group, one of whose directors has been jailed since Wednesday August 1 in the same investigation.

Almost two weeks after the "notebook" scandal broke, the Comodoro Py courthouse in Buenos Aires added another businessman to the list of those seeking plea bargains.

Gabriel Benjamin Romero is an owner of the Emepa Group, one of whose directors has been jailed since Wednesday August 1 in the same investigation.

The businessman on Tuesday approached prosecutor Carlos Stornelli to reach a bargain, after having received approval for the same from Judge Claudio Bonadio.

The list of businessmen who have now become "collaborators" includes several big names: Ángelo Calcaterra, Javier Sánchez Caballero −both former IECSA officials− and Carlos Wagner, of the firm Esuco and former boss of the Argentine Construction Chamber.

Others are still trying to negotiate, like Aldo Roggio who has so far failed to secure Bonadio's approval.

Roggio will continue testifying today at Comodoro Py.

NOTEBOOK SCANDAL

Gabriel Romero appeared in court yesterday at 6.30pm, Infobae reported. 

He is the boss of Rodolfo Poblete who, on August 6 gave the first testimony in Bonadio's case, and was arrested shortly afterward.

Poblete is currently under preventive arrest at the Marcos Paz penenitentiary. His name appears in the notebooks made by Oscar Centeno, former driver to Roberto Barrata (a former strongman at the Planning Ministry), as one of the people who handed over cash to former government officials.

This article appeared originally in full in Spanish on Perfil.com

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