December 11, 2013
Prosecutor orders Jaime's questioning over illicit enrichment
Federal prosecutor Carlos Rívolo has ordered the questioning of former Transport Secretary Ricardo Jaime and his familiy over illicit enrichment charges. This is the sixth time Rívolo demands to question the ex Kirchnerite official.
According to judicial sources, Rívolo also demanded federal judge Sebastián Casanello to reject the annulment claim filed by Jaime when he had to justify the ownership of a yacht. Carlos Lluch and Raúl Viola, both allegedly involved in the purchase of the cruiser, have been summoned by prosecutor Rívolo as well.
Magistrate Casanello is expected to pave the way for the questioning procedure considering also a report investigating the wealth of the ex Kirchnerite official who has failed to account for the increase of his wealth.
Prosecutor Rívolo also seeks to question Jaime’s daughters Romina, Julieta and Gimena and his ex wife Silvia Reyss as well as Reyss’ daughters Agostina and Lorena Jayo.
Last week, a federal court rejected to declare the “unconstitutional nature” of illicit enrichment crimes as requested by Jaime’s defence in a move to prolong a judiciary process that has put him in the eye of an ongoing legal storm over the past years.
Among several lawsuits the ex Minister currently deals with, are the charges over bribes he had allegedly received from transport businessmen. Most serious of all judicial causes, is the Once tragedy trial Jaime will be put to following a rail accident that claimed the lives of 51 people and left hundreds injured in February 2012, being accused of irregularities in the transport subsidy scheme.