Judge: Argentine commerce secretary abused power
In this June 12, 2012 photo, Argentina's Commerce Secretary Guillermo Moreno attends a ceremony at the government house in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Moreno was formally charged on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 with abusing his power by trying to fine economists who publish independent inflation data. A lien was placed on Moreno's assets pending trial. (AP Photo/Eduardo Di Baia)
Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 12:00 am
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - Argentine Commerce Secretary Guillermo Moreno has been formally charged with abusing his power by trying to fine economists who publish independent inflation data.
This turns the tables on Moreno, who last week filed charges against several private economists for "speculation" and trying to enrich their clients by releasing such false information. Judge Claudio Bonadio also placed a 50,000-peso ($8,735) lien on the minister's assets, pending trial, and filed similar charges against two lower-ranking commerce ministry officials.
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013 12:00 am.