THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The New York Times
September 24, 2008
A businessman who prosecutors say flew to Argentina with a suitcase containing $800,000 in cash from the Venezuelan government has testified in Miami that he was told a second suitcase with $4.2 million was also on board the airplane. Prosecutors have said the cash in the first suitcase was for the election campaign of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, left, who was later elected president of Argentina. Mrs. Kirchner and President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela vehemently deny the accusation, dismissing it as a political smear.
But Guido Alejandro Antonini Wilson, the businessman, who is a key witness in the trial in Miami of a man charged with acting as an illegal Venezuelan agent in the United States, said Tuesday that after the first suitcase was seized, he met with an executive of Venezuela’s state oil company. “Well Alex, what about the rest of the money?” he said the executive had asked him. “There was another suitcase with $4.2 million