Pressure is mounting on a judge accused of receiving US$10 million in bribes to rule in favour of the heirs of a former Kirchner government official.
The Buenos Aires City Bar Association confirmed Monday it would present a request before the Magistrate's Council to indict Judge Luis Rodríguez, after the widow of former Kirchner-era official Daniel Muñoz alleged he was paid US$10 million to cease an investigation into Muñoz's heirs.
Carolina Pochetti made the revelations about Judge Rodríguez in testimony to Prosecutor Carlos Stornelli, as part of a broader investigation into alleged widespread graft during the previous Kirchner administrations, otherwise known as the 'cuadernos' or "notebooks" corruption case.
The payment was made via her former lawyer Miguel Ángel Pló, Pochetti claimed.
The judge investigating the "notebooks" scandal, Judge Claudio Bonadio, accepted Pochetti's testimony as state's witness. Her participation in the investigation is subject to a plea bargain.
Sources close to Judge Rodríguez told LaNación newspaper that the complaint was "informal" and that they had not been notified of any judicial procedures stemming from the testimony. They also claimed Judge Rodríguez lamented not having released Pochetti from jail.
Chamber II of the Federal Appeals Court removed Judge Rodríguez from the case after considering the magistrate had granted the release from prison of Pochetti and other suspects, without properly evaluating the risks they posed to the investigation.