Former Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was charged with treason for allegedly covering up Iran's involvement in the bombing of a Jewish center in the capital Buenos Aires, media reported.
Federal judge Claudio Bonadio issued an arrest warrant for the former Argentine leader who along with her former foreign minister, Héctor Timerman, was accused by special prosecutor Alberto Nisman for subsequently covering up Iran's purported role in the bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in 1994 that killed 85 people and left scores injured. Nisman alleged that the government wanted to whitewash Iran in order to obtain lucrative trade deals. The prosecutor died in mysterious circumstances a few days after presenting his charges in court. A federal judge dismissed the case in February 2015.
"It is a case fabricated on facts that never existed. What is happening is a nonsense, a true excess," Fernández said in a news conference. "It not only violates the rule of law but seeks to inflict personal and political harm on opponents," she added. Two close allies of hers, Carlos Zannadi, a senior legal official in her administration, and political activist Luis D'Elía, were arrested Dec. 7 in connection with the case, the BBC said.
Complicating matters is Fernández's parliamentary immunity. Even though she lost to incumbent President Mauricio Macri's candidate Esteban Bullrich in the race for the senate place for Buenos Aires province, she was still afforded a seat under the country's list system. Judge Bonadio has already asked Congress to remove her legal immunity.
Macri had indicated that he would not press for a congressional vote on the matter, The Guardian said, citing various press reports.