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Account Gets Argentine Chief Ousted

April 13, 1998

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) _ Lawmakers suspended a provincial governor Monday after his secret Swiss bank account surfaced during an investigation of former members of the Argentine military.

Antonio Bussi, a former general and current governor of northern Tucuman province, was given the 60-day suspension following a judicial commission probe that determined he was guilty of official misconduct in connection with the account.

The account was discovered in February during investigations surrounding the 1976-83 Argentine military dictatorship.

Human rights groups have charged the money was plundered from victims of the military’s crackdown on leftists and dissidents, which left 9,000 killed or disappeared. Bussi has been accused by the groups of participating in the executions.

Bussi has denied any wrongdoing, saying the money came from his parents. He described his failure to declare the account as an ``error of omission″.

The governor has not said how much the account contains, although local press reports have said it holds between $100,000 and $150,000.

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