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Argentine prosecutor wants ex-leader probed for laundering

  • FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2011 file photo, Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez waves to supporters after general elections in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentina’s state news agency reported on Saturday, April 9, 2016 that a federal prosecutor has asked that the former president be investigated in a money laundering probe. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2011 file photo, Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez waves to supporters after general elections in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentina’s state news agency reported on Saturday, April 9, 2016 that a federal prosecutor has asked that the former president be investigated in a money laundering probe. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • A supporter of Argentina's former President Cristina Fernandez holds up a recently printed flier that reads in Spanish: "She was always there, you have to be there now" during a gathering where her supporters organize a pro-Fernandez march set for next week, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, April 9, 2016. Argentina’s state news agency reported on Saturday that a federal prosecutor has asked that the former president be investigated in a money laundering probe. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    A supporter of Argentina's former President Cristina Fernandez holds up a recently printed flier that reads in Spanish: "She was always there, you have to be there now" during a gathering where her supporters organize a pro-Fernandez march set for next week, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, April 9, 2016. Argentina’s state news agency reported on Saturday that a federal prosecutor has asked that the former president be investigated in a money laundering probe. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)  (The Associated Press)

  • Supporters of Argentina's former President Cristina Fernandez shout slogans as they prepare for a pro-Fernandez march set for next week, in a public plaza on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, April 9, 2016. Argentinaís state news agency reported on Saturday that a federal prosecutor has asked that the former president be investigated in a money laundering probe. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    Supporters of Argentina's former President Cristina Fernandez shout slogans as they prepare for a pro-Fernandez march set for next week, in a public plaza on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, April 9, 2016. Argentinaís state news agency reported on Saturday that a federal prosecutor has asked that the former president be investigated in a money laundering probe. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)  (The Associated Press)

Argentina's state news agency is reporting that a federal prosecutor has asked that former President Cristina Fernandez be investigated in a money laundering probe.

Telam reported Saturday that Guillermo Marijuan made the formal request to Judge Sebastian Casanello, who is overseeing an investigation that involves a businessman with close ties to Fernandez. Under Argentine law, such a request is the precursor to charges, which must be decided on by a judge.

Calls to Casanello's office were not returned. Messages sent to Marijuan and Fernandez seeking confirmation were also not immediately returned.

Fernandez, whose second term ended in December, has long been dogged by allegations of corruption. Earlier this week, businessman Lazaro Baez was arrested on charges that he laundered over $5 million. Baez refused to testify and remains in jail.