Former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner showed up in court to make a statement during her corruption trial.
After piling in on Macri and calling his government “a terrorist organization”,
She also compared her case to that of former Brazilian president Lula da Silva, who is accused of corruption in connection with the state oil firm Petrobras.
Cristina used the opportunity for an “improvised” rally,
She’s being linked to various corruption scandals, but Cristina Fernández is as popular as ever with her supporters https://t.co/wYZSjrO6ua
— El País in English (@elpaisinenglish) November 1, 2016
Carlos Cué of Spain’s El País refers to Cristina in the above article as charismatic, even when he realizes that
Kirchner’s supporters admit footage of her former public works boss stashing away $9m has hurt her
The former president has been called to testify in a kickbacks-for-contracts case in her home province of Santa Cruz, in the south of the country. A judge is investigating allegations she handed lucrative contracts to Lázaro Báez, an imprisoned property developer with close ties to both Fernández de Kirchner and her husband, former President Néstor Kirchner.
Báez is set to appear in court, as is the former head of her Public Works Ministry, José Lopez, who was caught on film in June placing bags containing nearly $9 million inside a convent on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.
Indeed, you may recall that last June Cristina tweeted,
“Somebody gave Lopez the money he was carrying. And it was not me. Nor was it any of the thousands of militants who make up this space.”
El dinero que Lopez tenia en su poder alguien se lo dio. Y no fui yo. Ni ninguno de los miles de militantes q integran este espacio político
— Cristina Kirchner (@CFKArgentina) June 17, 2016
All the same, as the BBC reminds us,
In June, a former minister in her government, Jose Lopez, was caught throwing bags filled with almost $9m over the walls of a monastery, and was arrested on suspicion of money laundering.
In July, Ms Fernandez’s assets were frozen by a judge in Buenos Aries in connection with the currency transaction allegations.