Ex-Argentina president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s properties raided

The Argentine Federal Police (PFA) takes part in a raid at the house of former Argentine President and current senator Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in Rio Gallegos, Santa Cruz Province, in southern Argentina, Symbol copyright AFP Image caption Police outside one of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s houses in Santa Cruz Province in Patagonia

Police in Argentina have began searching houses belonging to the previous president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, as a part of a major corruption research.

Forensic scientists, canine and firefighters helped carry out the raids on properties in Patagonia and one in Buenos Aires.

It comes after Pass Judgement On Claudio Bonadio asked to partially raise Ms Fernández’s immunity as he investigates bribery allegations all through her presidency.

Ms Fernández denies any wrongdoing.

In a defiant speech on Wednesday, the senator – who has immunity from imprisonment, however now not prosecution – described the research as “shameless”.

Symbol copyright Getty Pictures Image caption Officials also raided her flat in Buenos Aires

Thursday’s search relates to the so-known as laptop scandal, which relates to a batch of data kept by way of Oscar Centeno, a driving force for a public works respectable, over a 12-12 months period.

In the notebooks, Mr Centeno writes about delivering baggage of money from building bosses to executive officers, which prosecutor Carlos Stornelli says totalled some $160m (£125m).

Mr Centeno’s notebooks include a reference to money replacing arms on the house shared by means of Ms Fernández and her late husband, Néstor Kirchner, besides as the presidential residence and executive headquarters. Then Again, none of this has been confirmed.

more than a dozen folks, including businessmen and former government officers, have been arrested after the notebooks had been passed to authorities by way of L. A. Nación newspaper earlier this yr.

Ms Fernández is also below investigation in every other 5 cases. She denies all allegations, and says she is the victim of a political witch hunt.

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