VP’s bribery charge
Argentina’s Vice-President Amado Boudou has been charged with bribery and conducting business incompatible with public office, adding to the woes of President Cristina Fernandez. Boudou is accused of using shell companies and secret middlemen to gain control of a company that was given contracts to print the Argentine peso, as well as material for Fernandez’s election campaign. A federal judge ordered an embargo on 200,000 pesos (NZ$28,000) of Boudou’s property. He will remain free while he waits for trial along with five other defendants.