Argentine judge seeks arrest of ex-President Fernandez for treason

Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

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.

Years after the attack on the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA), Kirchner was accused of having struck a deal with Iranian officials to grant those responsible for the bombing immunity in exchange for oil, the Telegraph reports.

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A federal judge asked for her arrest for trying to cover up Iran's possible role in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center.

Judge Claudio Bonadio asked lawmakers to remove Fernandez's immunity from arrest, which she gained upon being elected senator.

It's unclear whether the Senate would move against Fernandez, who is still popular with many Argentines despite mounting legal woes. Fernandez and the other defendants have several options to appeal, which could drag the case out for years.

In a press conference Thursday at the parliament in Buenos Aires, Kirchner was indignant.

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

"The case was absolutely paralyzed because Iran does not extradite its compatriots".

Kirchner, who is now in the country's Senate, has immunity unless the Congress votes otherwise, which is not expected although she has been charged with "treason against the fatherland".

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.

The case is based on a complaint introduced by special prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was found dead in his apartment in Buenos Aires on January 18, 2015. But no one has been brought to trial in the case.

While removing immunity from congressional officials is rare in Argentina, Congress voted on October 25 to do so for Fernandez's former planning minister Julio De Vido and he was arrested the same day.

Argentine investigators accuse five former Iranian officials - including former president Ali Akbar Rafsanjani, former foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati and ex-Republican Guard head Mohsen Rezai - of ordering Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah to carry out that bombing.

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