Argentine judge dismisses Iran cover-up case against President Kirchner

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( An Argentine federal judge has dismissed a complaint against President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner over her alleged cover-up of Iran’s involvement in the 1994 Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) Jewish center bombing, a probe launched by late prosecutor Alberto Nisman.

In his 62-page ruling, Judge Daniel Rafecas said that the “evidence gathered far from meets the minimal standard,” Reuters reported. 

The complaint against Kirchner was filed by state prosecutor Gerardo Pollicita, based on evidence collected by Nisman. 

A report by Nisman revealed that he had accused Kirchner of secretly negotiating with Iran to avoid punishments for those behind the 1994 bombing of the AMIA center in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 people and injured 300. In 2013, Nisman, who was investigating the bombing after Iran and Argentina reached a widely criticized deal to establish a joint “truth commission” to investigate the attack, released an indictment blaming Iran and Hezbollah for the attack.

But in January, just days before Nisman was scheduled to testify on his findings, he was discovered dead in his apartment’s bathroom with a handgun lying next to his body. Authorities are continuing to investigate the cause of his death.

Posted on February 26, 2015 .