Argentina: corruption trial against Fernandez likely delayed

In this handout photo provided by the Unidad Ciudadana political party, former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez smiles as she officially present...

In this handout photo provided by the Unidad Ciudadana political party, former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez smiles as she officially present...

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A decision by Argentina's Supreme Court is likely to delay the first in a series of corruption trials against former President Cristina Fernandez.

The trial had been set for May 21. But the top court ruled late Tuesday in favor of her defense team and said it would review the federal court file to evaluate the legal arguments presented by the former leader and others.

Ruling party politicians criticized the decision, saying it seems aimed at protecting the center-left leader ahead of the October presidential election in which she's expected to challenge conservative President Mauricio Macri.

Fernandez was president from 2007 to 2015. She has been accused of collecting bribes in exchange for public work contracts.