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Argentine Judge Seeks Arrest Of Ex-President For Iran Cover-Up

Argentine Judge Seeks Arrest Of Ex-President For Iran Cover-Up

She has previously called the case an "absurdity", and pointed out that both she and her husband Nestor, the former president, were instrumental in pushing for an investigation into the attack.

A court in Argentina has issued an arrest warrant against former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner for allegedly covering up a bombing.

Bonadio also ordered the arrest of former foreign minister Hector Timerman and several other former officials in the Kirchner governments, including former top aide Carlos Zannini.

The ex-head of the Federal Intelligence Agency, Oscar Parrilli, was ordered not to leave the country.

But Kirchner, now a senator, has parliamentary immunity. "They want a submissive congress".

Using "unofficial channels of communication and negotiation" with Tehran, Ms. Fernandez concocted an "orchestrated criminal plan" to shield the Iranian citizens behind the attack on a Jewish community center, which killed 85, Judge Claudio Bonadio wrote.

Nobody has been charged for the attack.

Last week, the court rejected an appeal by Kirchner to dismiss the laundering charges.

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The order is the latest move to resolve a case that's gripped Argentina for years.

She has argued in the past that since Iran and Argentina have no extradition agreement, and Argentina does not carry out trials in absentia, there was no other way to proceed with the investigation.

No culprits have ever been found for the country's worst terror attack. A vote of two thirds of the Senate would be required to remove Fernandez's immunity from prosecution.

Kirchner's leftist alliance in the Senate has a total of 32 seats with around a dozen senators are in the Kirchner camp.

Her political clout has since faded with the victory of center-right President Mauricio Macri in elections later that year, but the populist firebrand now seeks a comeback as leading the opposition against Mr. Macri.

Though the prosecutor's death was initially classified as a suicide, an official investigating the case has said the shooting appeared to be a homicide.

Her role in the cover-up of the Jewish center bombing is the most serious charge before Kirchner, who is also facing accusations of corruption and money laundering stemming from her years as president.

While removing immunity from congressional officials is rare in Argentina, Congress voted to do so back in October for Kirchner's's former planning minister Julio De Vido, who was arrested the same day for fraud and corruption.


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