President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

Following the mysterious death at the weekend of Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman, the Supreme Court in Buenos Aires has taken the surprise move of making public charges against President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

The special prosecutor’s office published a 300-page report late Tuesday (Wednesday morning GMT) giving details of Nisman’s accusations against Kirchner and Foreign Minister Hector Timerman, who are alleged to be part of a “criminal plot.”

The aim of the plot was to pardon the Iranian suspects in a 1994 terrorist attack that killed 85 people and injured 300 at the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA in Spanish), according to the report.

Kirchner is believed to have made the decision to pardon the suspects and Timerman was to arrange for it to happen, the report said. The reason behind the move was to improve trade ties with Iran.

Nisman had presented the case against the president and foreign minister last week and was to have appeared Monday in Congress for a closed-door hearing into it. He was found dead Sunday in his Buenos Aires apartment with a .22-calibre handgun and a bullet casing beside his body.

An autopsy failed Tuesday to shed any light on the death, justice officials said.
GNA

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