The Appeals Court has announced the exemption from prison of ex Transport Secretary Ricardo Jaime, accused of dozens of cases of fraud and embezzlement.
“Absent or inscrutable, the lack of valid and justifiable reasons to cut short the liberty of a person, makes the decision to put that person in jail arbitrary,” explained the judges on the case, Jorge Ballestero and Eduardo Freiler.
The order for the international arrest warrant of ex Transport Secretary Ricardo Jaime, who was considered a fugitive since last week, was issued by a federal court in Córdoba province and held by Interpol until this afternoon.
He was accused of evidence tampering during a police raid and for the embezzlement of over $2m during the payment of works for the Belgrano Cargas Railway in Tucumán, amongst other charges.
His whereabouts are currently unknown although Jaime’s lawyer Andrés Marutian assured that he had not left the country and had been waiting for the response to his appeal against any jail time before showing his face.
Nevertheless the judge investigating the case, Claudio Bonadío, assured that the order was to ensure his return by the 30th July, the date set for the hearing.