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Argentine opposition leader alleges corruption

An Argentine opposition leader asked a court on Wednesday to order a corruption probe of former President Nestor Kirchner -- the husband of current President Cristina Fernandez.

Aides to Elisa Carrio entered a federal courthouse carrying boxes of documents she said would prove that Kirchner and two Cabinet ministers profited from government contracts and evaded taxes.

"They're a group of thugs and we're going to present the evidence to the judicial system," Carrio said.

Interior Minister Florencio Randazzo told Buenos Aires news agency Diarios y Noticias that Carrio's case shouldn't be taken seriously, saying it would hinder the advancement of democracy by bogging the country down in corruption allegations.

A federal judge will examine the complaint, which could take months, and decide if there is enough evidence to order an official investigation, which could extend for years.

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