Vice President Amado Boudou has sued attorney general Esteban Righi and the president of the Stock Exchange Adelmo Gabbi.
The attorney for the Vice President, Eduardo Durañona, issued a formal complaint this morning, in which he ratified Boudou’s statement issued on Thursday against Righi and Gabbi.
Boudou currently faces allegations of embezzlement in connection with the “Ciccone case”. He is suspected of having used his influences to lift the printing company out of bankruptcy while serving as Economy Minister in 2010. The second in command has denied any link with Ciccone which now operates under the name Compania de Valores Sudamericana (CVS).
During a Senate press conference last Thursday, Boudou issued a series of allegations against Righi’s law firm, accusing them of offering him to “improve his relationship” with the federal justice. He also denounced media group Clarín and newspaper La Nación for their coverage of the case. He has accused them of acting like an “anti-government mafia.” Boudou also criticised Adelmo Gabbi who allegedly offered him a bribe on behalf of Boldt, a rival company of Ciccone.
Since the conference, various sectors have challenged Boudou, questioning his decision not to report the incidents at the time, since they linked to possible allegations of corruption.
Investigations are currently underway to assess whether the Vice President has erred in pursuing negotiations incompatible with his public role. The case is overseen by judge Daniel Rafecas and the prosecutor Carlos Rívolo, who ordered a raid on Boudou’s Puerto Madero apartment last week.
Government officials and party colleagues have vocalised their support of Boudou. Frente para la Victoria Senator Aníbal Fernández stated that the “media operation against Boudou was shameful,” and urged the Vice President to “resist” the allegations.
Opposition politicians have criticised Boudou for directly attacking those in charge of investigating his case. Several politicians have publicly asked the Vice President to take a “leave of absence” while the investigation is ongoing.