BUENOS AIRES – A former judge was arrested on Sunday in Argentina for allegedly accepting bribes from drug traffickers, judicial officials said.
Raul Reynoso, whose resignation was accepted by the government two days ago, had a motion for immunity rejected by a federal court in the northern province of Salta.
Reynoso, who served in Salta, lost his immunity from prosecution as soon as his resignation took effect, Federal Court No. 1 ruled.
The government on Friday accepted Reynoso’s resignation, which was “effective on May 1, 2016,” a statement published in the Official Bulletin said.
The former judge was indicted on criminal conspiracy, bribery and perjury charges along with six other people as part of an investigation opened by the federal prosecutor in Salta, Eduardo Villalba, and the special prosecutor for drug crimes, Diego Iglesias.
The Judiciary Council suspended Reynoso in December, opening the way for his impeachment on charges of abuse of office.
Federal officials in Salta confirmed last month that Reynoso would be prosecuted for allegedly helping drug traffickers.
Reynoso issued rulings that benefited members of organized crime groups in exchange for bribes, judicial officials allege.