Amado Boudou, Argentina’s former Vice President was sentenced on Tuesday to five years and 10 months in prison for “bribery and business dealings incompatible with public service.”
Boudou who served as Vice President between 2011 to 2015 was convicted by a federal criminal court in relation to the so-called Ciccone Case, which alleged he profited from awarding government contracts to a company called Ciccone Printing, the only private company enabled to print money apart from the state mint. Boudou serve as Vice President under the then President Cristina Fernandez
He was fined 90,000 pesos with is equivalent to (#1,161,423.20 Naira). He has also barred for life from holding public office.
The case has been moving through the judicial system since at least 2012.
Others convicted of wrongdoing included Nicolas Ciccone, the former owner of the printer.
In his defense before sentencing, Boudou denied the allegations.
Boudou said this in response to his sentence: “Politicians who follow the path of the powerful, walk without problems. Politicians who decide to transform reality are persecuted, at first by the media and then by the legal system”.
The head of the national anti-corruption agency, Laura Alonso, hailed the “historic trial,” saying “for the first time in Argentina a vice president has been convicted.”
“The judicial branch is free to punish corruption,” she added.