November 21, 2014
A crucial week for Boudou’s partner in the Ciccone case
Another week, another chapter in the so-called “Ciccone case,” as questions remain about the prospect that key defendant José María Núñez Carmona appearing in court on Thursday as scheduled, and whether his testimony could make or break Vice-President Amado Bodou’s chances of legitimizing his own defence.
Both Nicolás Ciccone — the founder of the now defunct company — and Núñez Carmona are required to testify this week in the ongoing trial over the 2010 transfer of the then-bankrupt Ciccone Calcográfica mint company. If they do not appear in court tomorrow and on Thursday, respectively, they could be detained on international arrest warrants, the judge presiding over the case, Ariel Lijo, suggested last week.
Separately, Gabriel Bianco, a former manager of the Telefe broadcast network, is scheduled to be questioned today, while former Economy Ministry official Guido Forcieri is also due to appear in court on Wednesday.
Núñez Carmona’s testimony could be a key turning point in the Ciccone case, since it was revealed last week in statements made by Rafael Resnick Brenner — an AFIP tax bureau official — that he had allegedly claimed to represent the Economy Ministry at a meeting to discuss the bankruptcy filed by the mint company.
Boudou’s friend and business partner had been scheduled to appear in court last Wednesday, but was about to leave the country when the dates originally established for questioning were bought forward by Lijo, who granted his session be postponed to Thursday. He is believed to currently be in Spain.
The case has taken some dramatic turns in the last fortnight, just as World Cup fever began to dominate the local media’s attention. On Thursday, Judge Lijo ordered an investigation into the origins of the funds used in the Ciccone transaction, heeding to a request by Boudou’s defence team, which in the same week decided to drop Núñez Carmona as a client.