Argentina judge orders arrest of ex-president Cristina Kirchner

NATION-NOW     Ex-president of Argentina faces arrest warrant for allegedly covering up a bombing     
       Ex-president of Argentina faces arrest warrant

NATION-NOW Ex-president of Argentina faces arrest warrant for allegedly covering up a bombing Ex-president of Argentina faces arrest warrant

An Argentinean judge ordered the arrest of former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner for treason and covering up the alleged involvement of senior Iranian officials in the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center, which killed 85 people.

In January 2015, prosecutor Alberto Nisman filed charges against Kirchner, while she was still president.

Yesterday her legal adviser, Carlos Zannini, and an ally, Luis D'Elía, were...

The bombing targeted a Buenos Aires Jewish center and killed 85 people.

Fernandez and Timerman have previously denied wrongdoing.

Judge Carlos Bonadio also ordered the arrest of former foreign minister Hector Timerman and several other former officials in the Kirchner governments.

Kirchner told the press conference that the signing of the memorandum in 2012 "was an act of foreign policy that can not be prosecuted".

The charges have been rejected several times by courts as lacking substance, but the case was reopened in February this year.

Underscoring the seriousness of the charges, authorities conducted raids linked to the case on Thursday, arresting three of her former aides and associates.

Bonadio wrote in his ruling that evidence in the case showed Iran, with the help of Argentine citizens, had appeared to achieve its goal of avoiding being declared a "terrorist" state by Argentina.

Bonadio also charged intelligence chief Oscar Parrilli, former Treasury Prosecutor Angelina Abbona and several other former officials, but said they could remain free.

Macri's coalition performed better than expected in October 22 mid-term elections, gaining seats in Congress. Fernandez, a leftist populist who governed from 2007 to 2015, finished second to a Macri ally in a Senate race in Buenos Aires province but won a seat under Argentina's list system.

Macri's leader in the Senate, Federico Pinedo, said on Twitter Congress would analyze the request to strip immunity "with sincerity and responsibility".

Kirchner's leftist alliance in the Senate has a total of 32 seats in the 72-seat Senate, but only around a dozen senators are in the Kirchner camp.

Several prominent members of her former government have been detained on corruption charges in recent weeks, including ex-public works minister Julio De Vido and Amado Boudou, Kirchner's vice-president from 2011-2015.

The investigation reopened after the 2015 assassination of prosecutor Alberto Nisman who conducted the original investigation.

Argentina and Israel accuse Iran and Lebanon's "Hezbollah" of involvement in the AMIA bombing.

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