VP Amado Boudou: 'I swear I committed no corruption crime'
The vice president granted an interview following a summons by a federal judge to inquire him on the purchase of the Ciccone Calcográfica print company, a case that has put Amado Boudou on the spotlight over the past years, hit by corruption allegations.
In a brief radio interview, Boudou renewed his criticism of the government’s leading media critic Clarín which he has repeatedly accused of promoting the Ciccone case to discredit the Cristina Fernández de Kirchner administration.
According to the vice president, the news about the inquiry comes suspiciously the day after the federal government settled a billionaire dispute with the Paris Club group of creditors, a move that has been largely welcomed by both ruling party and opposition sectors.
“This call has to do with the agenda of Clarín,” Boudou affirmed. “I am very calm and I want to prove my innocence," he insisted.
“Do you feel supported by the government’?” journalist Eduardo Feinmann asked him. “I am part of the government and I carry out my duty as vice president; it does not have to do with whether I feel supported or not. I am part of this government,” Boudou responded and stated all “three hypothesis” against him “have already been dismissed” in the case.
“There are three hypothesis; the money laundering one, which has been dismissed; the one that says I had influenced (in the payment plan offered by) the AFIP tax bureau (to the Ciccone company), was also dismissed. And the one that I kept the Ciccone company; also dismissed. That is why the judge was forced to change his very own hypothesis,” Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s second-in-command explained.
“I was waiting for this moment and it will be the time when I will get to prove I am innocent.”
Boudou is the first vice president to be summoned to inquiry by the judiciary, Feinmann then told the minister.
“I am also the first vice president who has been economy minister first and that accompanied the president in the elections in which we won with 54 percent of the ballots,” the official stated alluding to the 2011 general run when the Fernández de Kirchner-Boudou electoral duo claimed victory inagurating CFK's second term in office.
“I swear I committed no corruption crime and that I will prove in the inquiry.”