Argentina awaits verdict in VP's trial

Judges in Argentina are due to deliver a verdict later on Tuesday in a corruption case involving the country's vice-president, 69-year-old Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, SIA reports, citing foreign media.

Ms Fernández is accused of aggravated fraud and leading a conspiracy to award public works contracts to a friend, charges she denies.

Prosecutors are seeking a 12-year jail sentence and want her banned from holding public office for life. If found guilty, she can appeal.

Ms Fernández says the charges against her are politically motivated and in her last appearance before the court last week, she compared it to a "firing squad". She has also accused the prosecutors of lying and slandering her.

The prosecutors accuse Ms Fernández of leading an unlawful partnership during the time when she was president of Argentina from 2007 to 2015.

They allege that she created a kickback scheme which steered lucrative public work contracts towards a friend of hers in return for bribes.

The businessman accused of being the main beneficiary of the scheme is Lázaro Báez, the owner of a construction firm, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison last year for money-laundering.

Ms Fernández and Lázaro Báez are among a total of 13 people on trial whom prosecutors accuse of running "a system of institutional corruption".

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