VP Boudou delivers a written statement in fake car permits probe
Vice-president Amado Boudou attended to a hearing before Federal Judge Claudio Bonadío in Comodoro Py federal courthouse but refused to answer to the judge’s questions over alleged irregularities in the purchase of an Honda CRX vehicle in 1992. The VP delivered a written statement instead.
Boudou accused the agents in charge of the car’s ownership transfer of faking the vehicle’s documents. “Since the car was an used one, at the ownership transfer, the purchasing agents forged the signature and DNI [identity card]. Both facts are proved by experts” they defence lawyers said. They also pointed out that they are not challenging neither the purchase nor the ownership of the vehicle.
Summoned by Judge Bonadío, Boudou arrived at Comodoro Py Courthouse in Retiro neighbourhood for the second time -after being indicted on the Ciccone corruption probe-, accused of owning an Honda CRX vehicle with counterfeit documentation.
Under tight security, the vice-president arrived in Bonadío’s office around 10 a.m., at the Comodoro Py’s fourth flood, after having postponed the hearing three times.
He heard the accusations he faces but refused to answer to Bonadío’s questions and left 15 minutes later, making no comments to reporters awaiting outside of the building.
The judge now has a 10-days deadline to determine the VP’s legal situation.
The probe for irregular documentation in the purchase of the car started in 2009 after María Taboada de Piñero, an official at the National Automobile Registry denounced the Vicepresident for altering the engine number and irregularities in the files and signatures of a transferral request for the vehicle.
The hearing comes only a month after Federal Judge Ariel Lijo indicted Boudou with bribery and negotiations incompatible with public office due to the role he allegedly played in the lifting of Ciccone printing company’s bankruptcy.