July 25, 2014
The answers (and pending questions)
Vice-President Amado Boudou based his long monologue in court on Monday on a couple of points but was not able to answer a couple of questions from Judge Lijo and Prosecutor Jorge Di Lello regarding his relationship with Alejandro Vandenbroele, who worked at The Old Fund, the company that purchased Ciccone Calcográfica mint company.
— Boudou accused Judge Lijo of investigating petty issues but not focussing on big issues such as the money trail. The vice-president directly said that businessman Raúl Moneta should be summoned as the person who provided the funds to lift Ciccone’s bankruptcy. Since last year, Moneta has been suffering from a serious illness, which will probably keep him away from the courts.
— Boudou says that he did not play a key role in ordering the AFIP tax bureau to lift the bankruptcy of the mint company. For the judge, it was surprising how the agency led by Ricardo Echegaray changed its mind from requesting the bankruptcy to agreeing to lift it a couple of months later.
— Boudou also focussed on the idea that Judge Lijo was leading a political investigation, leaking essential information to media opposed to the Kirchnerite administration.
There were several questions, however, that Boudou could not answer:
— Boudou did not remember his telephone number between 2009 and 2012.
— The vice-president could not give details of how he rented his flat in the City neighbourhood of Puerto Madero to Fabián Carosso Donatiello.
— Boudou said he did not know if his secretary telephoned The Old Fund.
— The vice-president admitted that his friend José María Núñez Carmona and Vandenbroele were acquaintances. Boudou repeated he did not know Vandenbroele.
— Boudou acknowledged having met Gustavo Bianco, former Telefe network manager, in a studio. But he made no reference to allegations that he met Nicolás Ciccone at a Telefe studio to talk about the printing company’s financial situation.