July 23, 2014
Boudou insists judge 'should investigate money route'
Amado Boudou defended his stance in court where yesterday he ruled out corruption allegations linking him in the purchase of the Ciccone Calcográfica company. “Yesterday’s was a day in which I could give explanations on each of the points of the accusation,” the vice president – the first to face a court grilling in the country’s history – said.
“The answers where in the very own file. I think it turned clear enough that there is a very biased analysis of all the proofs in the file,” Boudou said.
In statements to a radio show this morning, the ex economy minister affirmed he was being accused with the illegal acquisition of the billing services firm "when the file shows that the Old Fund company conrolled by Ciccone is run by Guillermo Reinwick, son in law of Ciccone.”
Renewing his criticism of Federal Judge Ariel Lijo, Bouodu said the magistrate “spends time investigating a 200-peso power and gas bill but has never turned to investigate not for a minute the money route” of 50 million pesos that ended with the purchase of the Ciccone company.
“It is noteworthy that he (Judge Lijo) puts officials in the hot seat and does not investigate any big businessman (or) follows the money route,” the VP assured and defended as well the role played by the AFIP tax bureau and its chief Ricardo Etchegaray in the Ciccone operation.
“The AFIP took a right path in everything it did and I made that clear,” Amado Boudou explained saying the office run by Etchegaray acted following “the law and its politics.”
“This is a sign so that no one else dares to not have commitments with concentrated media and big businessmen,” the vice president assured adding that President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and her late husband Néstor Kirchner paved the way to confront the powerful.
“They were the ones to bring such rebelliousness to the government which means to understand that there are Argentineans who need the state to transform the country and their lives. And that is not forgotten. I was educated within that political space”.