Argentina vice president summoned to court in graft probe

A federal judge in Argentina on Friday ordered Vice President Amado Boudou to appear in court to answer corruption charges, judicial sources said.

Buenos Aires: A federal judge in Argentina on Friday ordered Vice President Amado Boudou to appear in court to answer corruption charges, judicial sources said.

A former economy minister seen as a rising star and possible successor to President Christina Kirchner, Boudou has been under investigation since 2010.

Judge Ariel Lijo set a July 15 court date for Boudou, whose prosecution would be a first for a sitting Argentine vice president.

After hearing testimony from Boudou, Judge Lijo will make a ruling on whether to dismiss the case or pursue his prosecution.

Boudou is alleged to have intervened improperly while economy minister on behalf of a printing firm, Ciccone Calcografica SA.

He is alleged to have rescheduled the company`s massive debt, allowing it to emerge from the brink of bankruptcy.

Boudou says he is innocent and that the allegations have been cooked up by his political enemies.

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