Argentina's ex-president Cristina Fernandez charged with treason

Argentina's former president and Buenos Aires senatorial candidate for the Unidad Ciudadana Party Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner waving to supporters at Juan Domingo Peron stadium in Avellaneda Buenos Aires

Argentine Judge Calls for Arrest of Ex-President Fernandez

An arrest warrant has been issued for former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner after she was accused of covering up Iran's involvement in a 1994 bombing of a Jewish center that killed 85.

Bonadio's order also targeted other Argentinean officials in the effort to cover up Iran's involvement in the attack, including former Foreign Minister Hector Timmerman, who is Jewish and is now under house arrest due to illness, and former head of the Federal Intelligence Agency Oscar Parrilli, who was charged but not arrested.

Bonadio asserts that this was part of "an orchestrated criminal plan" to cover up the alleged involvement of Iranian officials in return for lucrative trade deals with the Islamic Republic.

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

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

"From the legal point of view, it is nonsense - a real excess that violates the rule of law".

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

Ms. Fernandez's vice president and planning minister are already jailed awaiting trial, and another Cabinet official, Legal Secretary and 2015 vice presidential candidate Carlos Zannini, was taken into custody Thursday on Judge Bonadio's orders.

Ms. Fernandez and her late husband, Nestor Kirchner, dominated Argentinian politics for more than a decade starting 2003, with Mr. Kirchner serving as president from 2003 to 2007, and Ms. Fernandez succeeding him for the next eight years. For that to happen, two-thirds of the legislators must decide to remove Kirchner's immunity for an arrest. Argentinean President Mauricio Macri cancelled the memorandum in December, 2015, in his first week in office. She won a Senate seat last month. Right before Nisman was to present his findings to the Argentine Congress, he was found dead.

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