Argentina judge issues arrest warrant for former President Kirchner

Argentina judge issues arrest warrant for former President Kirchner

Argentina judge issues arrest warrant for former President 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.

But Kirchner, now a senator, has parliamentary immunity. She has called the treason case against her "an absurdity" in the past and said it is part of an global conspiracy against her. For that to happen, two-thirds of the legislators must decide to remove Kirchner's immunity for an arrest.

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.

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A former aide to Kirchner and a pro-Kirchner activist have warrants for their arrest as well for the same crime.

The charges stem from an investigation initially conducted by Alberto Nisman, a crusading prosecutor who accused Fernandez of a coverup in 2015 and was later found dead in the bathroom of his apartment. Argentina's ex-president Cristina Kirchner lashed out yesterday at a judge's order seeking her arrest as "an excess that violates the rule of law". Kirchner , 64, who had two four-year terms in office, is due to take her seat in the Senate next week after her election victory in October crowned a political comeback and granted her immunity from imprisonment in several corruption cases.

Kirchner, who has long claimed her legal woes are politically motivated, accused centre-right President Mauricio Macri of "manipulating" the justice system to discredit her.

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