Ex-president Kirchner charged in Argentina corruption scandal

France 24 | 9/17/2018 | Staff
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Ex-Argentina president Cristina Kirchner was charged with corruption as a judge asked that her parliamentary immunity be lifted so she can be detained, reports said Monday.

Tens - Millions - Dollars - Bribes - Corruption

She is accused of having accepted tens of millions of dollars in bribes in the notorious "corruption notebooks" scandal that has rocked Argentina's political and business elites.

As a senator, Kirchner is protected by parliamentary immunity from imprisonment, although not from prosecution.

Immunity

Unless that immunity is lifted, she cannot be jailed, even if found guilty.

However, last month the Senate did vote to partially lift her immunity so that investigators could search her three luxury homes.

Claudio - Bonadio - Judge - Corruption - Investigation

She has has already been called in for questioning twice by Claudio Bonadio, the judge leading the wide-ranging corruption investigation, and is due to appear again on Tuesday.

Kirchner is accused of heading an "illicit association."

Hearings - Bonadio - Questions

During her first two hearings she refused to answer Bonadio's questions, instead...
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