By Iran Probe Staff
Friday, 8 December 2017
Argentine Federal Judge Claudio Bonadio has indicted Argentina's ex-president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner for treason and asked for her arrest for allegedly covering up Iran's role in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center that killed 85 people.
Ms. Fernández, was recently elected a senator, therefore for her to be arrested, the Senate would have to lift that immunity with a two-thirds majority vote.
Judge Bonadio asked that the Argentine senate to vote to remove her immunity.
This judge also ordered house arrest for Ms. Fernandez's Foreign Minister Hector Timerman in his 491-page ruling.
Even if Fernandez retains immunity, the judge could continue investigating because the protection is only from arrest.
The crime of treason is punishable by 10 to 25 years in prison, Argentina's maximum sentence. If convicted of treason, Kirchner, Héctor Timerman, and three associates must spend the rest of their lives in jail.
The AMIA bombing occurred in Buenos Aires on 18 July 1994, killing 85 people and injuring hundreds.
Argentinian prosecutors accused five former Iranian officials ( former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati, and ex-Revolutionary Guards commander Mohsen Rezaie) of ordering Iran's Lebanese Shi'ite ally Hizbollah to carry out the bombing.
In 2011, Pepe Eliaschev, journalist, disclosed that the Argentine government had signed a secret memorandum with Iran, which to all effects lifted Argentina’s demand that Iranians face Argentine courts.
On Jan. 14, 2015, Alberto Nisman, 51, announced that he was charging then-President Christina Kirchner with treason for interfering with his investigation into the AMIA bombing by negotiating away justice for 85 murdered Argentinians.
Nearby just hours before to Nisman’s scheduled appearance in the parliament to explain his filed complaint, he was found at home, dead, with a bullet in his head.
“Argentine federal criminal prosecutor Ricardo Sáenz announced on 21 August 2017, that a new toxicology analysis on the body of the late Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman has discovered the drug ketamine, an anesthetic mostly used on animals,” the piece reads. “There is a mountain of evidence in the case that indicates that it is a homicide; this would be one more” He add.