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The inquest focused on Antonini Wilson

Argentina's top court sets aside closing of the "suitcase scandal"


The Supreme Court of Argentina rendered unenforceable a judgment issued by the Second Court of the Criminal Cassation Federal Chamber of February 2015 which had reasserted a decision of the National Criminal Economic Chamber to declare the extinguishment of the statute of limitations

The suitcase scandal became of a political and court nature in Argentina after Antonini Wilson and US attorneys claimed that the money came from Venezuela (File photo)

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06 de abril de 2016 11:53 AM

Actualizado el 06 de abril de 2016 13:40 PM

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The Argentinean top court resolved to admit a petition filed by the Attorney General Office in relation to the “suitcase scandal”

The Supreme Court of Argentina rendered unenforceable a judgment issued by the Second Court of the Criminal Cassation Federal Chamber of February 2015 to close the case related to the “suitcase scandal.” The case revolved around an investigation into the arrival in Argentina in 2007 of Guido Alejandro Antonini Wilson, a Venezuelan businessman with a suitcase stuffed with USD 800,000 in cash.

As reported by the Judicial Information Center, the top court resolved to admit a petition filed by the Attorney General Office, Efe quoted.

In this way, the Supreme Court made null and void the judgment that had confirmed a decision of the National Criminal Economic Chamber to declare the extinguishment of the statute of limitations.

The inquest focused on Antonini Wilson, who brought in the money in Argentina.

Back in 2007, Antonini Wilson arrived in Buenos onboard a private flight chartered by public utility Energía Argentina (Enarsa), from Venezuela.

Passengers included Claudio Uberti, a former official under the government of late Argentinean President Néstor Kirchner (2003-2007), who presumably authorized   Antonini Wilson’s boarding.

Daniel Uzcátegui Matheus, ex vice-president of state-run oil company Pdvsa, and his son, Diego Uzcátegui Specht, were also onboard the plane.

The suitcase scandal became of a political and court nature in Argentina after Antonini Wilson and US attorneys claimed that the money came from Venezuela and was set to fund the election campaign of Cristina Fernández for president in 2007. Both the Venezuelan and Argentinean governments denied the pleading.

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