December 12, 2013
Former presidentMonday, September 2, 2013
Carlos Menem heads to court again today
A new trial featuring former president Carlos Saúl Menem will begin today, alleging that he failed to include assets in his sworn statements of the year 2000.
The former president is accused of failing to declare two bank accounts in the Banco de la Rioja, two real estate properties, two light planes, phone company shares and two vehicles.
The most incriminating accusation, referring to a Swiss bank account with US$6 million that was allegedly opened in 1995 by his assistant could not be confirmed because courts in Switzerland recently reported that there were no accounts under the former president’s name.
The trial will begin today at 10am in downtown Buenos Aires City.
The former president is accused of “deliberately false judicial statements, omission of his assets and misadministration as a government official,” according to judicial sources.
Menem could face up to six years in prison for these crimes, but the former president‘s defence team argues that since 13 years have passed since the accusation, the statute of limitations has run out.
Menem was already sentenced to six years in prison in June in another case involving the trafficking of arms to Croatia and Ecuador.
Herald with Télam