July 22, 2014
Boudou's defence readies appeal against indictment
Lawyer of Amado Boudou Diego Pirota has confirmed the decision to appeal the prosecution order ruled yesterday by Judge Ariel Lijo, charging the vice president with corruption in his alleged dealings with the Ciccone Calcográfica company that printed Argentina’s currency while he was economy minister in 2010.
“By the end of next week we will file an appeal against the prosecution order,” Pirota told reporters this morning.
In statements to a radio show, Boudou’s legal representative said Lijo’s ruling was “no surprise.”
“This resolution has long been written,” he affirmed questioning the judge for having summoned the VP for questioning when he had "already" decided to trial him. “No one summons someone for questioning with a resolution that has already been written.”
According to Diego Pirota, Judge Lijo decided to trial Amado Boudou “to avoid the vice president from saying something next week that could stop the case” – Boudou yesterdat requested the magistrate to give testimony again and provide further details about the Ciccone investigation.
“This ruling goes aimed at reporters, not at lawyers in the case. It is written for media without considering what parties have to say,” the lawyer added reaffirming Kirchnerism’s position that the Ciccone investigation has been masterminded by the government’s leading media critics, following the VP’s decision to nationalise Argentina’s pension system back in 2008.
Lijo's ruling comes with the vice president currently in Havana where he arrived on Thrusday as part of an official regional tour that will end next week in Panama.