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Former Secretary of Transport Ricardo Jaime, whose whereabouts were unknown, appeared before court in Córdoba today. He is being accused of stealing evidence.
After being exempted from prison last week, Jaime was required to appear before a federal court in Cordoba. He had to ratify his current address and assure the judge he would appear every time he was called.
The former official risks three years of jail as he is accused of trying to remove evidence during a raid at his house on 7th June 2010.
Marcelo Brito, Jaime’s lawyer, declared that the charges against his client are “made up”, based on the declarations of a “false witness”. He asked for the judicial procedure to be suspended.
Considering the demands of Brito, federal prosecutor Maximiliano Hairabedian expressed his doubts about whether the trial will actually be carried out. “There are a series of issues that the defence has brought up in order to keep the trial from starting on the day it is due [30th July],” he said.
Hairabedian added that this trial “is not as important” compared to other lawsuits Jaime is facing.
“I am a person who abides by the law,” declared the former Secretary of Transport, who denied the existence of 20 lawsuits against him. “There are only seven lawsuits currently awaiting trial,” he said.
Jaime will also have to appear before judge Claudio Bonadío, in the city of Buenos Aires. His lawyer announced he will do so next week.