A federal appeals court in Argentina overturned the dismissal of a money laundering investigation into outgoing Vice President and former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner on Tuesday, reopening the case.
Commonly referred to as La ruta del dinero K (“The K[irchner] money route”), the probe pursued evidence around suspicions that Fernández de Kirchner, who also served as president between 2007 and 2015; her late husband, former President Néstor Kirchner (2003-2007); and Argentine businessman Lázaro Báez embezzled $55 million in public infrastructure works funds, stashing them away in tax havens.
The case takes its colloquial name from an eponymous 2013 journalistic investigation that sparked the court’s lengthy official investigation proceedings.
Báez was convicted and sentenced to 12 years in prison for the case in 2021 alongside 17 other individuals involved, including Báez’s sons. Argentine federal judge Sebastián Casanello dismissed the case against Fernández de Kirchner in the same incident in June, arguing that there were no longer any accusers who maintained that she should be investigated in the case. Néstor Kirchner, who was allegedly…
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