Argentina: Fernandez probed for personal use of planes

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - A federal judge in Argentina has launched an investigation into former President Cristina Fernandez.

Judge Claudio Bonadio said Thursday that Fernandez committed embezzlement "by taking advantage of the presidential plane fleet" while she was president from 2007 to 2015 and while she was a lawmaker during the 2003-2007 presidency of her late husband Nestor Kirchner.

She was accused of using presidential airplanes to transport furniture, a bed, clothing, newspapers and even a hair stylist to her homes in the country's south.

Fernandez has immunity from arrest, which she gained after being elected to the Senate.

Bonadio says that testimony by pilots shows that Fernandez and Kirchner regularly used the presidential fleet to get newspapers delivered from Buenos Aires to the cities of Rio Gallegos and El Calafate.

Fernandez denies wrongdoing.


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