Former Vice President Amado Boudou was acquitted yesterday by a criminal court in the case that investigated him over irregularities in the purchase of a car back in the 90’s to allegedly avoid splitting it with his now ex-wife during their divorce settlement.
Boudou was accused of intentionally forging documents detailing the purchase of his vehicle.
“I predict that I will be declared innocent,” the former VP said when appearing before the court for the second time during the course of the investigation.
In the end, that wasn’t quite the case, but the outcome remains the same: The court determined that the statute of limitations for the case had expired and therefore he couldn’t be judged for his actions. All other people involved in the case were also acquitted for the same reason.
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However, Amado Boudou is not off the hook when it comes the many legal woes he’s facing. This case was by far the least serious charge he is facing, and even if he had been found guilty, he could have avoided going to prison because in Argentina, convicted felons are eligible for parole if they are sentenced to three years or less.
But he’s facing several other criminal investigations, including one in which he’s accused of embezzling public funds in many different ways during his time in office.
The most (in)famous one is the so-called “Ciccone Case.” The former Vice-President has been accused of allegedly using his influence as a public official to buy the Ciccone printing company (which had the technology to print Argentine currency and other government-issued documents) and benefit from millionaire government contracts. Boudou has long denied any wrongdoing.
The judge in the case, Ariel Lijo, has already granted Prosecutor Jorge Di Lello a request for the case to be sent to trial. In his 243-page-long request, Di Lello once again determined there’s enough evidence to conclude that Boudou is guilty of taking over the Ciccone company through influence peddling.