Former Planning Minister and national deputy Julio De Vido, who served during the three Kirchner administrations, turned himself in at the Comodoro Py Federal Courthouses, after the Lower House voted to strip him of the parliamentary immunity that prevented two Federal Judges from ordering his arrest. Once deputies on the Lower House floor voted in favor of removing legal protection, Border Patrol forces showed up at De Vido’s apartment in Palermo, but by the time they arrived, he was already on his way to the courthouse.

Once he arrived, he told the press waiting for him to “send champagne to [Elisa” Carrió from me,” making reference to the way the National Deputy and co-founder of Cambiemos celebrated when she found out a judge ordered he be arrested for the first time. “It’s like caviar, like champagne,” Carrió said last tuesday in a pre-election rally held by Cambiemos on Tuesday.

A few minutes later, Carrió tweeted her answer: “Don’t send me any [champagne], I don’t drink alcohol,” she said. 

What’s De Vido Being Accused of?

Río Turbio Case

De Vido has been formally accused of embezzling more than AR$ 260 from a project to revamp a massive coal mine and build an electric grid and a train in the city of Río Turbio, in the Santa Cruz Province. However, the sum could be much bigger. Between 2005 and 2015, the state destined AR$ 26 billion to the project, but the train doesn’t work and the mine, which should have been reactivated and its power used to feed the greed produced as much coal as it did in 1951.

“The mining complex had 70 percent fewer galleries than initially projected” and “produces 85 percent less than established. However, it has 233 percent more staff than it should,” argued Prosecutor Carlos Stornelli to substantiate his accusation.

Kickbacks 

This one investigates him for allegedly having the state pay more than it should for a shipment of liquid gas, and probably getting a kickback because of it.

Bonadio also ordered the detention of his former right-hand-man, Roberto Baratta. And since he doesn’t have parliamentary immunity, he’s going to prison. Both of them have also had his assets seized for a billion pesos. Yes, you read that right. That’s how much the judge believes they could have embezzled and is preventing them from getting read of their assets in case they are found guilty and think of bankrupting themselves to avoid compensating the