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Argentina vice-president guilty of corruption case six years in jail

Argentina’s Vice President and leftist leader Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been sentenced to six years in prison in a corruption case on Tuesday and a lifetime ban from public office. Cristina Fernandez found guilty in a high-profile corruption case. She can challenge federal court the sentence in the Supreme Court.

Fernandez de Kirchner served as president for two terms between 2007 and 2015 and commands rock-star crowds of supporters, faced charges of alleged corruption in the awarding of public works during her presidency. Kirchner has denied the allegations and called the court a “firing squad.”

In a livestreamed sentencing, judges from Federal Court 2 in Buenos Aires city found Fernandez de Kirchner guilty as the “criminally responsible author of the crime of fraudulent administration to the detriment of the public administration.” The court acquitted her on another count of “illicit association”.

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