By Bala Chambers
BUENOS AIRES (AA) - Argentina’s government filed a criminal complaint Wednesday against public officials and the chief executive officer of a media group who reportedly met in October at a British magnate’s residence to discuss legal proceedings against the country’s vice president.
The criminal complaint is directed against judges, prosecutors, civil servants and Clarin media group CEO Jorge Rendo, who are accused of failing to fulfill their duties and receiving illegal gifts.
Justice Minister Martin Soria filed the complaint with the Bariloche Federal Prosecutor's Office under the instructions of President Alberto Fernandez.
The accused parties reportedly met at the Lago Escondido home of British business tycoon Joe Lewis.
According to leaked information on social media, the meetings related to legal proceedings against Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who on Tuesday was sentenced by a court to a six-year prison term and was disqualified from holding public office after being found guilty of corruption charges.
"The events to be investigated took place during the week of Oct. 13, when the defendants shared a flight in a private plane from San Fernando (Buenos Aires) to Bariloche (Río Negro) with unknown financing."
It alleged that after the flight, the delegation was joined by the CEO of Clarin Group, a powerful media conglomerate, and others before heading to Lewis' home.
It said that if private parties had paid for their transfer and accommodation and other activities, it would constitute a crime under the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.
The government has also called for the defendants to hand over their mobile phones.
Although Fernandes De Kirchner was barred from holding public office, as head of the Senate and legislator, she is protected from prosecution.
Maintaining her innocence, she has alleged that she has been targeted by her political opponents, describing the case against her as "lawfare."
Following her sentencing, Fernandes de Kirchner insisted in a live broadcast on her YouTube channel that her opponents either want her in "jail or dead."