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  • Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner arrives at the Justice building in Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 13, 2018

    Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner arrives at the Justice building in Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 13, 2018 | Photo: Reuters

Published 13 August 2018

"Let's put all our effort and energy into accompanying and helping those who are having a very, very bad experience," Tweeted Cristina Fernandez Sunday.

Senator and former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner rejected Monday the bias shown by the judge and the Argentine prosecutor carrying out the investigation of an alleged wide network of millionaire bribes discovered weeks ago, in a case that would involve important companies and politicians, backed on the notes taken by a driver in the Ministry of Planification during the presidential term of Cristina Fernandez.

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Through a brief filed by her lawyer, current Argentine senator Fernandez considered that neither Judge Claudio Bonadio nor Prosecutor Carlos Stornelli have shown impartiality in the investigation so far, due to old disputes.

"Your Honor was denounced criminally by my representative on July 6, 2016," says the text presented by Fernandez's lawyer, which has been shared on Twitter.

"Dr. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner requested before the Council of the Judiciary of the Nation to initiate a political trial against Your Honor on the merits of serious irregularities (...) So that she can not continue as the main target of this investigation", according to the document.

Argentine media reported that the judge is evaluating asking the Senate to remove the legislative privileges -which give judicial immunity- to Fernandez to advance the investigation and result in her eventual arrest for considering her the leader of the corruption scheme. The Senate would have to vote on the removal of Fernandez' parliamentary immunity.

On Monday, Fernandez went to court and submitted a letter to Judge Claudio Bonadio, where she rejected all the charges against her. Highlighting that it is the fourth time she has been accused of being the head of a corrupt organization and "in every judicial instance" her request to make "an audit of all public works carried out between 2003 and 2015," was denied.

The former president also highlighted that it is ridiculous to point out Nestor Kirchner as the head of the "public works cartelization system from May 25, 2003, in a country whose president is Mauricio Macri."

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner stated Sunday on Twitter that she will go to court as "I have done before on every judicial requirement." She also asked her militancy not to demonstrate around the Court, instead, she asked them "let's put all our effort and energy into accompanying and helping those who are having a very, very bad experience, in this real economic and social catastrophe that is the government of Mauricio Macri."

Senator and former President Fernandez was called to court due to an investigation based on photocopies of the notes in an alleged notebook, owned by a driver employed at the Planification Ministry, during the Fernandez de Kirchner presidential term.


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