Federal Judge Claudio Bonadio ruled today that former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, along with 11 other high-profile officials and associates with her government who have been indicted, will stand trial for covering up Iran’s role in the 1994 AMIA Jewish community center terror attack in exchange for trade deals.
Among the other accused are: former Legal and Technical Secretary Carlos Zannini, former Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman, former Federal Intelligence Agency (AFI) head Oscar Parrilli and former Deputy Andrés Larroque, as well as controversial social leader Luis D’Elía, former Quebracho picket group leader Fernando Esteche and Jorge “Yussuf” Khalil.
The former President had requested the judge move the case to this procedural instance less than two weeks ago, arguing his rulings were politically motivated and therefore the court in charge of deciding her fate will clear her from all charges.
Now, a court comprised of three judges will determine if the evidence gathered in the investigation is compelling enough to convict her and the other defendants of covering up Iran’s role in the 1994 AMIA Jewish community center terror attack – in which 85 people were murdered and more than 150 were severely injured, a terror attack the judge in the case declared to be against humanity – in exchange for trade deals, like late prosecutor Alberto Nisman had accused her of before being murdered.
Border Patrol analysts (the Argentine Gendarmería) have recently concluded that the late prosecutor Nisman was “murdered in cold blood,” and that the crime scene had been tampered with in order to make it look like he had committed suicide.
In a 656-page ruling, Judge Julian Ercolini said there was sufficient proof to conclude that the shot to the head that killed Nisman was not self-inflicted. That marked the first time any judge has said the case was a murder.
Nisman’s body was been found in his apartment on January 19, 2015, days after reiterating his long-standing claim that then-President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner had opened a secret back channel to a group of Iranians suspected of planting the bomb that killed 85 people at the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires.
The timing of his death – hours before he was to give potentially incendiary testimony to Argentina’s congress regarding the president – did not go unnoticed. Thousands of Argentines marched in Buenos Aires to demand answers.
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