December 9, 2013
Anti-Corruption office says former president should serve six yearsSaturday, September 21, 2013
Bribes: De la Rúa faces prison sentence
In the countdown to the so-called Senate bribes trial resolution, the Anti-Corruption Office (OA) yesterday charged former president Fernando de la Rúa with promoting the payment of bribes to senators with the purpose of clinching the approval of his administration’s labour reform in April, 2000.
Furthermore, OA’s lawyers called for a six years and six months sentence for De la Rúa on the charges of graft and aggravated bribery. The same conviction was recommended for former State Intelligence Secretary Fernando de Santibañes (SIDE). In his case, under the accusation of “supplying funds from SIDE’s treasury for paying bribes”.
Meanwhile, the OA asked for a five-year prison sentence for the former Peronist senators Augusto Alasino, Remo Constanzo and Alberto Tell, and a fine of 90,000 pesos.
“De la Rúa was the only one who could give the political go-ahead for the bribes payment,” argued OA lawyer José Ipohorski, acting as complainant in the case.
“As a consequence of his (De la Rúa’s) relationship with (former Radical Party caucus leader) Senator José Genoud, he ended up agreeing to the senator’s requests,” he added.
Herald Staff with Télam.