A federal judge in Argentina indicted former President Cristina Fernandez for treason and requested for her arrest for allegedly covering up Iran’s potential role in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center that killed 85 people, a court judgment stated.
Since Fernandez was a senator, congress will first have to vote to strip her of parliamentary immunity for an arrest to occur. The judge, Claudio Bonadio, additionally indicted and ordered house arrest for Fernandez’s Foreign Minister Hector Timerman, the 491-page ruling stated.
Fernandez called a press conference in congress to deny wrongdoing and accuse Bonadio and President Mauricio Macri of degrading the judiciary.
“It’s an invented instance about truth which didn’t exist,” she said, dressed in white.
Timerman’s attorney couldn’t immediately be contacted for comment.
While eliminating immunity against lawmakers is infrequent in Argentina, Congress voted on Oct. 25 to do this for Fernandez’s former planning minister Julio De Vido and that he had been detained the identical day. De Vido is accused of corruption and fraud, which he denies.
Argentina’s legislature has entered a period of judicial recess before March but may be convened for pressing issues.
Fernandez and her allies are the focus of numerous high profile instances using arrests and indictments because center-right Mauricio Macri conquered her preferred successor and was chosen president in late 2015.
Fernandez left office only a couple of months ahead of the congress in neighboring Brazil impeached another leftist feminine pioneer, Dilma Rousseff for violating budget legislation.
The cover-up allegations from Fernandez gained global attention in January 2015, once the prosecutor who originally made them, Alberto Nisman, was found shot dead in the bathroom of the Buenos Aires apartment.
Nisman’s death was categorized as a suicide, even though a formal investigating the case has stated that the shooting seemed to be a homicide. Nisman’s body has been uncovered hours before he was to brief Congress about the bombing of the AMIA centre.