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Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner Indicted for Cover-Up of Terror Attack

Could allegations of a cover up protecting Iran bring down President de Kirchner’s government?

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In the wake of the death of Alberto Nisman in January, on the morning which the prosecutor was about to deliver a 289 page indictment that the government of Argentina might have been involved in a cover-up of possible involvement of Iran in the bombing of a Jewish center in 1994, the heat is on President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.  Argentine Prosecutor Gerardo Pollicita is indicting the President, Foreign Minister Hector Timmerman and Congressman Andres Larroque on Nisman’s findings, according to Daily Beast.  Nisman alleged, after a 10 year investigation, that the government of Argentina disguised Iranian involvement in the disastrous terrorist attack on an Israeli organization Buenos Aires because of oil deals the country had with Iran. In the attack, 85 people died and hundreds more were injured.

Kirchner, who has served two terms and whose party is up for elections in 8 months, is accusing prosecutors of trying to form a coup against her. She is not likely to be imprisoned, because according to Argentinian law, no sitting President can be imprisoned without a prior impeachment. This means that former President Carlos Menem, who was also implicated in the report, cannot be convicted as a sitting senator, but if Kirchner’s party loses, she could be more vulnerable to a conviction.

Nisman was found with a bullet through his head in an apparent suicide, but there are increasing questions over his death. Many Argentinians consider it a crime that has yet to be solved. The Treasury Attorney General’s office issued a 68 page response to Nisman’s report and called the allegations were based on a “fictional framework.”

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