Monday, October 26, 2020

Argentine Fabián Gutiérrez who testified against vice-president Kirchner in corruption case found dead


A former private secretary to Argentina’s vice-president has been murdered, fuelling speculation that he was targeted for being a whistleblower in a corruption case.

The body of Fabián Gutiérrez, 48, who for years worked closely with Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and later testified against her, was found at a house on the outskirts of El Calafate in Patagonia on Saturday, two days after he went missing. Four people have been arrested.

Opposition politicians claim that he was killed for his role in uncovering a landmark corruption case known as the cuadernos, or notebooks, scandal. Officials with the centre-right Juntos por el Cambio coalition have demanded that the murder investigation be passed on to the federal court, on the grounds that a prosecutor involved in the case, Natalia Mercado, is a niece of the vice-president.

“The crime of Fabián Gutiérrez is of enormous institutional gravity and cannot be left to the prosecutor Mercado, daughter of governor Alicia Kirchner,” they said in a statement.

- Advertisement -

Dozens of Argentinian politicians and businessmen have been arrested and jailed in the notebooks investigation, accused of taking bribes worth hundreds of millions of dollars for public works contracts.

For ten years a government driver, Oscar Centeno, claimed he had kept eight notebooks in which he recorded his collections and deliveries of more than $160 million in “black money” to properties across Buenos Aires. Ms Kirchner’s private home and the presidential residence are alleged to appear in his notes.

The money exchanges were said to have been carried out over at least a decade, including during Ms Kirchner’s time as president, from 2007 to 2015, and in the years before that when her husband, Néstor, was president. He died in 2010.

Mrs Kirchner, 67, faced corruption charges in September 2018. Her partial parliamentary immunity, however, first as a senator, and today as the vice-president of Argentina, protects her from prosecution.

- Advertisement -

Alberto Fernández, who took over as president last year, dismissed speculation of government involvement in Mr Gutiérrez’s death as “scummy”. He told a local radio station: “By only insinuating that the motive behind it was the notebooks and that the government is involved is a miserable attitude.”

Ms Kirchner is yet to comment on the latest developments but has previously denied wrongdoing in separate cases in which she is accused of money laundering, illegal enrichment and state fraud. Some of the notebooks money — wads of dollars and euros — was laundered, but investigators are convinced that a large sum was hidden in Patagonia.

Mr Gutiérrez was himself named in the notebooks, and had served time in jail. He had begun co-operating with prosecutors as a “collaborating witness” in exchange for a reduced prison term.

He became a wealthy businessman on stepping down from his secretarial position in 2010, local media reported.

Original article on


Julius Baer to deny two former CEOs their bonuses over money laundering scandal

Julius Baer will withhold millions of francs in bonuses from its former chief executives Boris Collardi and Bernhard Hodler, as a result of a...

Goldman Sachs executives to cover part payments of $3 billion fines in 1MDB scandal

Nine current or former Goldman Sachs executives, including CEO David Solomon, will have to pay back hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation over...

Goldman Sachs agrees $3 billion settlement with US DoJ over 1MDB corruption scandal

Goldman Sachs has agreed to pay nearly $3bn (£2.3bn) in the US to end a probe of its role in Malaysia's 1MDB corruption scandal. The...

Hong Kong fines Goldman Sachs $350 million over 1MDB scandal

Goldman Sachs ignored multiple red flags over the multibillion-dollar fundraisings it arranged for state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad, Hong Kong’s financial regulator said on...

Texas attorney general Ken Paxton fires top aide who accused him of bribery

Lacey Mase, one of the top aides who accused Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton of crimes including bribery and abuse of office, has been fired, she told The...

Subscribe For More

Get our daily notification on the latest financial crimes news around the World


Latest News

This Week

Hong Kong fines Goldman Sachs $350 million over 1MDB scandal

Goldman Sachs ignored multiple red flags over the multibillion-dollar fundraisings it arranged for state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad, Hong Kong’s financial regulator said on...

Brother of ex-Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif jailed for money laundering

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief and Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif was sent to jail on Tuesday in a money laundering...

Judge orders billionaire Greg Lindberg to report to prison after conviction for bribery

Try as he might to extend his freedom, Durham businessman and convicted felon Greg Lindberg will become a federal inmate on Tuesday. Lindberg, the billionaire...

Texas AG Ken Paxton fires second whistleblower who accused him of bribery

A second whistleblower has been fired from the Texas attorney general’s office after reporting his boss, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, to law enforcement for...

Adblock Detected!

Our website is made possible by displaying online advertisements to our visitors. Please consider supporting us by whitelisting our website.

Enable Notifications    Ok No thanks