July 24, 2014
Boudou confirms he will appear before judge
Vice-president Amado Boudou has confirmed that he will give testimony next Monday in the investigation into alleged wrongdoing in the Ciccone printworks case, while also underlining that he would continue with his petition to annul the summons filed by judge Ariel Lijo.
Speaking through a written statement presented to the courts today, Boudou affirmed that he would "declare on June 9 at 11am, with the requirement that my guarantees are respected in every way, like with any other citizen of this nation."The vice-president added that with the motive of "overcoming any obstacles," he would need from Lijo "the prompt dispatch of the annulment request presented on June 4." Among Boudou's other requests was the televising of the investigation; even offering his private office or Senate facilities should the courthouses not have the capacity to film his testimony.
"Since my person and the office that I represent have been tainted, with the connivance of the magistrate's decisions and of journalistic revelations, I will have have to exhort [Lijo] to allow the televising of my testimony live," he fired.
The politician continued by admitting that he found out the hearing had been brought forward, as well as the fact that his annulment plea would have to be confirmed or withdrawn, through the media.
Criticisms against Clarín
Renewing his accusations against the Clarín media group, considering the government media critic has fueled the Ciccone corruption case against him, Boudou had earlier stated that Federal Judge Ariel Lijo “rushed” into calling him to court.
For the vice-president, the magistrate followed orders by Clarín’s CEO Héctor Magnetto in order to “cover up” the news about the debt repayment agreement the government has recently reached with the Paris Club group of creditors.