Judge: Argentine commerce secretary abused power

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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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