Former Argentine President, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner [BBC backgrounder], was indicted [AP report] Tuesday on allegations of corruption. Fernandez and three others are accused of illicit association and fraudulent administration in connection with the use of funds meant for public works. The allegations go back as far as 2003 when Fernandez’s husband was President. Nearly $3 billion dollars worth of government contracts are under investigation.
The former president has recently been the subject of various corruption investigations. In November she appeared before a judge [JURIST report] as part of the investigation into the alleged corruption. In May, an Argentinian federal prosecutor made a formal request [JURIST report] to a judge to conduct an investigation of Fernandez and her son for illegal enrichment in an ongoing money laundering investigation. Last year a judge in Argentina dismissed criminal allegations against Fernandez that accused her of conspiring to shield Iranian officials from responsibility for the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires. Fernandez was accused [JURIST report] of the cover up in January 2015.