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Argentina prosecutor seeks 12-year jail sentence for Kirchner…

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) -An Argentine federal prosecutor requested a 12-year prison sentence on Monday for Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the country’s former president and current vice president, on corruption charges linked to public works.

Prosecutor Diego Luciani accused Fernandez de Kirchner, a still-influential voice for the left wing of the ruling Peronist party, of defrauding hawaii and involvement in a scheme to divert public funds while president between 2007 and 2015.

The sentence will undoubtedly be known in months, in accordance with local media, although Fernandez de Kirchner could appeal it to raised courts, which may take years to attain your final verdict.

“That is most likely the biggest corruption maneuver which has ever been known in the united kingdom,” Luciani said in arguing for the sentence, which includes fueled fresh political tension in the South American country.

On Twitter, Fernandez de Kirchner, who testified in court in 2019, said she was facing a “media-judicial firing squad” and “not just a constitutional court.”

The former president added that she had not been given a chance to testify on new components of the case and would present her defense on social media marketing on Tuesday.

Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez condemned your choice on Twitter, describing your choice in a statement as an incident of judicial persecution.

“None of the acts related to the former president have already been proven,” the statement said.

The prosecutor also requested an eternity ban on Fernandez de Kirchner from holding public office.

Down the road Monday, local police dispersed a large number of protesters before Kirchner’s house in the administrative centre of Buenos Aires, with camps both against and to get the prosecutor’s request, local television showed.

The investigation seeks to determine whether she along with other officials in her administration favored firms owned by businessman Lazaro Baez in the bidding processes for a large number of public works in the southern region of Patagonia, a lot of that have been overpriced or weren’t completed.

Many experts suspect that the allegedly diverted capital could have returned to the hands of the Kirchner family through their companies.

(Reporting by Nicols Misculin and Jorge Otaola; Editing by Marguerita Choy, Stephen Coates and Sam Holmes)

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