December 12, 2017

Allegations pertaining to money-laundering involving Lázaro Báez

Friday, June 16, 2017

Prosecutor asks to take ex-president’s statement

Criminal investigations against former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner picked up speed this week, just as she finalised the last details for the upcoming October legislative elections.

On the eve of the final definitions for fronts and coalitions between parties, prosecutor Guillermo Marijuán requested that the former president be questioned over allegations in the so-called “K-money trail” case, in which she stands accused of money-laundering and fraudulent administration.

“The link between money-laundering and the irregular public works contracts that (former Kirchnerits business associate) Lázaro Báez and his business group was benefitted with ... continued after the death of Néstor Kirchner, with the same relations with Cristina Elisabet Fernández (de Kirchner),” stated an extract from a 65-page legal request Maríjuan submitted to Judge Sebastián Casanello, which was seen by the Télam news agency.

Maríjuan says he has been able to establish a “criminal bond” between Fernández de Kirchner and Báez, the owner of the Austral construction company, after having examined various documents seized from raids conducted in public notary Leandro Albornoz’s office.

Meanwhile, just days after GEN lawmaker Margarita Stolbizer had submitted a criminal complaint against the former president accusing her of using the Waldorf Hotel in Buenos Aires City to launder illegal payments from the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, the AFIP tax bureau raided the hotel looking for “fake” receipts and other evidence.

The AFIP agent leading the investigation, Silvia Fernández, said she had requested an audit. The hotel must now provide them with their accounting books, as they try to establish who forms part of the holding company owning the hotel.

Stolbizer claims that the hotel’s clientele was suspicious, alleging that they were employees of companies owned by Lázaro Báez and businessman Cristóbal López.

Herald staff

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