July 31, 2014
VP Boudou sees 'revenge' over pension funds nationalisation
There are political sectors seeking for revenge against Amado Boudou due to his decision to promote the nationalisation of Argentina’s pension system back in 2008, the Vice President said in an interview questioning the investigation over his alleged involvement in the Ciccone fraud and corruption case.
In an interview with the Tiempo Argentino newspaper, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s second-in-command assured his “only political commitment is with the President and with the ideas in which one believes are the ones that have to do with a country of growth with social inclusion.”
Boudou also criticized witness José Capdevila who recently hit media headlines saying he was “forced” to leave the country after receiving threats, afraid of an alleged “reprisal” over his testimony in the Ciccone case against the ex Economy Minister during CFK’s first term in office.
“It could be because of notoriety, it could be because he has been tempted from some other place. If there were threats, it is serious and it has to be investigated. In this country, mobs have always been linked to business deals and business groups and not to the state. So it has to be found out which mob wanted to intimidate him if such was the case,” Amado Boudou considered.
Argentina’s Vice President has been facing a judiciary investigation over the past years, seeking to connect him with the nationalisation of the Ciccone Calcográfica mint company when he served as Economy Minister.
Boudou, however, has been long claiming that the case has been “masterminded” by powerful economic groups, including the government’s leading medica critic Clarín, following the nationalisation of Argentina’s private pension funds (the Clarín group sold part of its shares to the so called AFJP firms), a move personally fueled by Boudou.