BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A journalist's report linking President Cristina Fernandez to alleged money laundering is bringing furious denials from Argentina's government.

Reporter Jorge Lanata noted that Fernandez made an unofficial stop in the Indian Ocean nation of the Seychelles during a trip to Asia in January.

His televised report late Sunday suggested it was due to her connection with a firm there. He alleges it is part of an international network of shell companies used to launder money for the president and her late husband.

Fernandez aide Oscar Parrilli issued a statement even as the broadcast was under way, calling the claims "flagrant lies."

Officials say Fernandez stayed 13 hours in Seychelles just so her airplane could be refueled and the pilots could rest in the midst of a long journey.