Kirchner´s administration accused of bribes.
Kirchner´s Administration is accused of requesting bribes of argentine entrepreneurs
The former ambassador of Argentina in Caracas Eduardo Sadous ,denounced in court that his country’s businessmen who wanted to do business with Venezuela were allegedly compelled to pay up to 20 percent in bribes to the argentinian authorities.
The diplomat said in its complaint that a group of Argentine businessmen told him they were asked for bribes in order to facilitate their business within the context of agreements between former President Néstor Kirchner (2003-2007) and the president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez.
Sadous, head of the diplomatic mission in Caracas Argentina between 2002 and 2005, denounced the situation this week, acting as a witness in a argentinian court case.
In his statement, Sadous said the businessmen who wanted to do business with the Caribbean country had to pay between 15 percent and 20 percent of bribes to officials of the Ministry of Planning of Argentina.
The bribes “were on the Argentine side, specifically the Ministry of Planning. Once approved by the ministry, I suppose that the payments were done through a transfer or check ,” said Sadous in its declaration.
The Planning Minister of Argentina, Julio De Vido, denied the accusations and called this allegations as a “infamy” in a statement to the argentine newspaper La Nacion.
The ministry branded the complaint made by the diplomat “as a political operation aimed to besmirch the good name of many people who worked hard to strengthen brotherly ties between the two countries.”
Meanwhile, the chief of staff, Anibal Fernandez, told a radio that “this sort of thing if there is a complaint it must be investigated, while it makes no sense to speculate.”
Since 2003, when Néstor Kirchner took office in Argentina, both countries strongly narrowed its trade and diplomatic ties, due to the good political relationship between their governments.