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Kirchner is charged with the crimes of aggravated illicit association and aggravated fraudulent administration, she has political immunity due to her positions as vice president and president of the Senate. Cristina Kirchner's Instagram.
Kirchner is charged with the crimes of aggravated illicit association and aggravated fraudulent administration, she has political immunity due to her positions as vice president and president of the Senate. Photo: Instagram- Cristina Kirchner.

Argentina's Public Prosecutor's Office requests 12 years in prison for Cristina Kirchner

On Monday, Aug. 22 Argentine authorities requested the sentence for alleged corruption when she was president.

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According to Infobae, former President of Argentina Cristina Kirchner is charged with the crimes of aggravated illicit association and aggravated fraudulent administration. However, she has political immunity because she still maintains government positions as vice-president and president of the country's Senate.

The sentence in the case will be decided by the end of the year. Minutes after the conviction was announced by prosecutor Diego Luciani, the president issued a statement.

"The national government condemns the judicial and media persecution against Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner that was expressed today, once again, in the final plea and request for sentence in the so-called Causa Vialidad," the statement read.

"None of the acts attributed to the former president have been proven and all the accusation against her refers only to the function she held during that period, which unfortunately degrades the most elementary principles of modern criminal law," it added.

With 12 other people, Kirchner is accused of having directed the awarding of public works tenders in the province of Santa Cruz, in the south of the country, her political cradle, to favor businessman Lázaro Báez. Prosecutors want 12 years in prison for Báez and the seizure of his assets. The sentencing requests ranged from two to 12 years of imprisonment.

Sixteen years of imprisonment would be the maximum sentence for these crimes. In the last hearing of the case that happened in the morning, prosecutor Sergio Mola reviewed the details of the case in which more than a hundred witnesses testified.

Mola considered that the defendants "outlined a plan" that sought to defraud the State through "discretionality in the use of funds."

It also covers the previous government period 2003-2007, when her husband Néstor Kirchner, who died in 2010, was president.

The 69-year-old Kirchner was acquitted in several cases for alleged crimes that occurred during her two presidential terms (2007-2015), but still faces five trials.

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