Former Argentinean president charged with money laundering

Updated: 2016-04-11 04:35


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Former Argentinean president charged with money laundering

Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner speaks after heading a meeting with governors in Casa Rosada government house in Buenos Aires, Jan 30, 2015. [Photo/Agencies]

BUENOS AIRES -- Former Argentinean President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been charged on suspicion of money laundering.

"Prosecutor Guillermo Marijuan announced today this measure against the former president," said Saturday's daily newspaper, La Nacion, after a previously incarcerated businessman, Leonardo Farina, made statements incriminating Kirchner and other former government figures in money laundering investigations.

These charges come just four days after Kirchner was interrogated by authorities about suspicious operations made by the country's central bank in the final days of her presidency.

Alongside Kirchner, her former minister of federal planning, Julio De Vido, was also charged.

Farina, who has already been jailed for tax evasion, was interrogated for more than 10 hours by federal judge Sebastian Cassanello, according to Clarin, another daily newspaper.

"He provided information and named witnesses that could prove that Cristina and her deceased husband (former president Nestor Kirchner) had created a structure to remove illicit funds from the country or launder them through local funds," added Clarin.