FT reports that the leftist political movement led by Argentina’s ex-president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, sunk deeper into disarray after a key former official was allegedly caught trying to bury bags containing almost $9m dollars in a convent outside Buenos Aires.
With “kirchnerismo” already tainted by several high-profile corruption scandals, Argentines were shocked by the dramatic arrest of José López, the former public works secretary, who was found with an assault rifle, severable valuable watches and 160 heat-sealed bundles of dollars, euros, Japanese yen and Qatari riyal.
Once surrounded by police, López took refuge in the convent’s kitchen, telling a group of nuns: “They are going to steal from me. Because I stole the money to come and help here.”
After his arrest, he was perp walked for local television wearing a helmet and bulletproof vest.