It’s the dead of night, a car pulls into the driveway of not just any home, but a Presidential one. The driver gets off and drops off bags of corrupt money. This may seem like a scene right out of a movie, but for Argentina, it is one of the many events ministerial chauffeur, Oscar Centeno, kept records about in his notebook that suggest the existence of an alleged corruption network, ran by former Argentinian president Cristina Fernandez. The story doesn’t end there. Her former husband, the late Nestory Kirchner, who served as president of Argentina from 2003-2007, was the one who set up the network, and Cristina continued it after being sworn in. The scandal erupted in August when the major Argentinian newspaper, “La Nacion,” published the notebook containing the catalogued bags of cash allegedly delivered to government offices and the private residence of Fernandez. There is records of at least 87 different occasions when sacks full of cash were delivered to her private home in Buenos Aires, and it is implied that she accepted bribes from construction companies in exchange for public work contracts during her presidency from 2007-2015. As a result of her actions, on September 17th, she was indicted on charges of corruption by Judge Bonadio who headed the investigation and who is asking for Fernandez to be impeached from Congress. Her position gives her immunity from arrest, but not from persecution.
Although there is overwhelming evidence of the corruption, there is not enough support necessary to pass a senate vote for the impeachment, and her human rights campaign during her presidency has garnered her a vast amount of public support to the point where she is expected to still run for president in next year’s election. Fernandez is denying any wrongdoing but has yet to release a statement regarding the content of the notebook. She is also claiming that Bonadio is working with the administration of conservative president Mauricio Macri to persecute opponents and distract the public from the current economic crisis. The investigation is still ongoing, but if it remains in the spotlight of the media, the search for more damning evidence will continue.