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Argentine vice president accused of illegal enrichment

English.news.cn   2012-05-15 07:42:51            

BUENOS AIRES, May 14 (Xinhua) -- Argentine prosecutor Jorge Di Lello on Monday asked a federal judge to investigate the country's Vice President Amado Boudou for alleged acts of "illegal enrichment."

According to court sources, already under investigation for alleged illegal enrichment and cover-up are the vice president's girlfriend, journalist Agustina Kampfer, and businessmen Alejandro Vanderbroele and Jose Maria Nunez Carmona. The allegations were originally made by journalist Cristian Sanz.

Federal Judge Ariel Lijo will decide whether to open a probe into the vice president's alleged misconduct in his ties with the two businessmen.

Boudou was alleged to have used his government position to benefit from multi-million-dollar deals, such as the recent purchase of Compania de Valores Sudamericana (CVS) by Vanderbroele.

The alleged misconduct came to light "thanks to the testimony of Vanderbroele's ex-wife (Laura Nunez)," according to court documents.

Sanz, accompanied by her lawyer, has submitted documents to back her charges that Boudou was trying to hide his illicit gains.

Boudou was linked to sizable deposits at several banks including Banco de la Nacion Argentina, Banco Frances, American Express and Citibank, which "do not coincide with the salary of a public employee during the last decade," the court documents noted.

According to local media reports, if convicted in the case, Boudou could be sentenced to a maximum of six years in jail and banned for life from public offices. Enditem

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