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Former Argentina President Kirchner Denies Husband Hid $1.7 Million in US Bank

By: Raquel García - @venturaG79 - Jan 9, 2017, 3:20 pm
Former Argentina President Kirchner
Cristina Kirchner and her husband (Noticiasyprotagonistas)

EspañolFormer President of Argentina Néstor Kirchner told the Federal Public Revenue Agency that he had a bank account in the United States, but his wife Cristina Kirchner insists that “they never had an account abroad.”

The newspaper Clarín confirmed that the deceased president told AFIP he had US $1,700,000 in a US bank in 2002, just three days before assuming the presidency, but that amount disappeared the following year from his affidavits for the Income and Wealth tax, and was never recorded at the Anti-Corruption Office.

Despite her husband’s statement to the AFIP, Cristina Kichner has asserted that they never had accounts abroad, even taking to Twitter in December to make the point clear.

Kirchner’s tax forms reportedly prove that he had an account in the United States, and are archived in an illicit enrichment case.

The Kirchner marriage’s bank accounts abroad have been investigated going back as far as December 1995. The first judge of the case Juan José Galeano dismissed it, but in 2005 it was picked up again by federal judge Julián Ercolini.

During the investigation, Ercoli reportedly found that Néstor Kirchner extracted US $1,700,000 dollars from the bank in Santa Cruz and deposited it in a United States bank in December 2001. Later, in 2002, he repatriated the money and deposited US $493,350 in a Santa Cruz bank.

 

In order to reach the conclusion that the then-head of state and his wife did not participate in illicit enrichment, he analyzed AFIP reports, as well as documents from the National Congress and the Anti-Corruption Office, among documents from other agencies. He also took into account the reports of various local and foreign banks based in Argentina, where the couple had bank accounts and credit cards.

“The growth that was evidenced year after year regarding the investigated couple — though it is important to establish an average base of personal wealth— is backed by the regular evolution of the goods that had been there before taking the position,” Ercolini ruled in 2005.

Later, federal judge Rodolfo Canicoba Corral dismissed the Kirchner couple for the period between 2005 and 2008.

2008 was the most controversial dismissal, granted by the Norberto Oyarbide, which, according to Clarín, was in record time and involved an increase of 158 percent for just that year.

Source: Clarín

Raquel García Raquel García

Raquel García is a Venezuelan journalist with over 16 years of experience in digital outlets and radios. She currently lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Follow her @venturaG79.

US Congresswoman Requests Names Involved in Ecuador’s Odebrecht Corruption

By: Ysol Delgado - Jan 9, 2017, 1:03 pm
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EspañolUS Congresswoman (R) Ileana Ros-Lehtinen sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking her to reveal the names of officials who were bribed by Odebrecht in Ecuador between 2007 and 2016. The construction company paid around US $33.5 million in exchange contracts in the South American country. The deputy asked for names of the people involved in the case. Read More: American Ex-Diplomats Ask Trump to End Obama’s Appeasement of Cuba Read More: Fidel Castro May be Gone, but Socialism in Cuba Is Alive as Ever "I am requiring you to disclose the names of Ecuadorian public officials referred to in the plea agreement with Odebrecht executives and other individuals involved in corruption in Ecuador," the legislator said in her letter. According to Ros-Lehtinen, Ecuador does not have to reveal any names, which is why the deputy asked the US to make them known directly. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   In case the names are not revealed, the congresswoman said those involved could fall out of impunity for political interference. "Correa's political pressure, in addition to corruption and lack of judicial independence under his government, makes it highly unlikely that Ecuadorian prosecutors will disclose the names of officials involved in the Odebrecht case or take them to court." Source: La República

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