The court also finds that Kirchner should no longer hold public office for the rest of her life. According to the verdict, she committed fraud in tendering dozens of public works when she was president of the South American country from 2007 to 2015. Earlier, the public prosecutor had demanded twelve years in prison.
Kirchner won’t go straight to jail. In addition to being vice president, she is also a member of the Argentine senate and therefore enjoys parliamentary immunity. There are only two ways she can lose that immunity: by losing her seat in the next election, or if Argentina’s Supreme Court upholds a possible guilty verdict.
Kirchner is also expected to appeal the ruling. An appeals process takes years. She previously denied acting fraudulently. Kirchner speaks of a political process.
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