Argentina accuses U.S. judge of abusing power in debt case

BUENOS AIRES, June 27 Fri Jun 27, 2014 5:53pm EDT

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BUENOS AIRES, June 27 (Reuters) - In what it called an abuse of judicial power, Argentina on Friday said U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa was trying to "provoke a default" by keeping the South American country from paying its debt.

By blocking a payment that Argentina has attempted to make to holders of its restructured bonds, the judge "has abused his power," a statement from the government said.

(Reporting by Hugh Bronstein; Editing by Dan Grebler)

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