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Ex-Argentine leader De la Rua innocent of bribery
Former Argentine President De la Rua found innocent of bribing senators to weaken labor laws
Associated Press
2013-12-24 03:22 AM

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Former Argentine President Fernando de la Rua has been found innocent of bribing senators to pass a law weakening worker protections as the country's economy neared collapse 13 years ago.

De la Rua, 76, would have faced six years in prison if found guilty.

Also absolved were de la Rua's labor minister, intelligence chief, four former senators and a former congressional worker who testified that he personally carried $5 million in bribes from the spy chief to the lawmakers.

De la Rua denied any knowledge of the alleged bribes. He abandoned the presidency during Argentina's economic and social crisis of 2001. The emergency labor law was reversed in 2004 during the presidency of Nestor Kirchner.

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