Update: Former Vice-President Amado Boudou was released from prison last night accused the Judiciary of “abusing power”.
Former vice-president Amado Boudou is set to be released from prison in the coming hours after a second court found that his pre-trial detention was not warranted.
Boudou spent more than two months in prison after being arrested on November 3, 2017 in relation to embezzlement and moey-laundering charges. Once in prison he was slapped with a second arrest order in connection with accusations concerning irregular travel expenses dating back to his time as Economy minister.
An appeals court has overturned those arrest orders upon petitions from Boudou’s defence team, ensuring that he be released from custody. The arrest order for embezzlement case was lifted yesterday and the second order was lifted today.
Although one of the judges was of the opinion that the former vice president should have to wear an electronic bracelet to track his movements, that position lost out to the other judges of the court. While the judges unanimously agreed that Boudou should be released for the travel expenses case they were divided with regard to the embezzlement accusations. Nonetheless the indictments against Boudou still stand.
Up until today Boudou was the highest-ranking member of the Cristina Fernández de Kirchner figure in custody. That dubious honor is now held by former Legal and Technical Secretary Carlos Zannini.
Federal Judge Ariel Lijo ordered the former official be taken into custody in November after concluding that there was “enough evidence to believe he profited in an unjustified manner,” and he could use that alleged ill-gotten money to interfere with the investigation by, among other things, reaching out to witnesses. Boudou’s business partner (and according to different investigations, his alleged frontman) José María Núñez Carmona, was also detained. Núñez Carmona was released from prison yesterday.
Boudou is currently standing trial for the Ciccone case, but had not been ordered into custody based on that that accusation. The former vice-president has consisten denied that he engaged in any wrongdoing.