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Argentina’s Cabinet Chief Refutes Drug Trafficking Allegations as Extortion

BUENOS AIRES – With a week to go for the primaries in Argentina, Cabinet chief Anibal Fernandez was accused of involvement in drug trafficking by those implicated in ephedrine trafficking in a television program, Periodismo para Todos (Journalism for Everyone), or PPT.

Fernandez, who is aspiring for the governorship of Buenos Aires province, termed the program, headed by reporter Jorge Lanata, an “extortion” bid.

In the program, Martin Lanatta, sentenced to life for triple murder, accused Fernandez of being a mastermind and pocketing large bribes to protect drug trafficking operations.

Hours before the program was aired, Fernandez accused PPT of “extortion” through his personal Twitter account and said he had filed a complaint before the justice system for the allegations against him.

“What is the motive behind a political operation today on a matter that is seven years old, especially when we are 7 days from PASO (primaries)?” he asked.

During the PPT broadcast, Fernandez denied links with those interviewed, recalling Lanatta was sentenced to life for triple murder and others arrested for trafficking medicines.

The triple murder incident in August 2008 uncovered a business of ephedrine trafficking, where the drug was transferred to cartels for manufacture of synthetic drugs.

 

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