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Argentina accuses the FBI of "coercion and bribery" in the "suitcase scandal"
According to US prosecution witnesses, the USD 800,000 seized from Guido Antonini Wilson came from Venezuelan state oil giant Pdvsa (File Photo / AP)
  EL UNIVERSAL
Wednesday October 08, 2008  02:33 PM


Argentinean authorities described as "coercion and bribery" the asylum and job offer in the United States that FBI agents allegedly made to former police agent María Luján Telpuk, who discovered the USD 800,000 that Venezuelan-American businessman  Guido Antonini Wilson supposedly tried to smuggle into Argentina in August 2007. 

Argentina's Minister of Justice, Aníbal Fernández, was asked about the statements made by Luján, who asserted that agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) made her an asylum and job offer in exchange for changing her attestation in a trial held in Miami in connection with the so-called "suitcase affair," EFE reported. 

"In Argentina, these agents would be in prison for coercion and bribery," said Minister Fernández, who complained that "the great names of the Argentine journalism do not see these irregularities, but want to besmirch the name of Argentina."  

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