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Judge orders arrest of ex-Argentine president Kirchner

Judge orders arrest of ex-Argentine president Kirchner
From Al Jazeera - December 7, 2017

A judge has ordered the arrest of former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner for allegedly covering up Iranian involvement in a 1994 bombing that killed 85 people at a Jewish community centre.

Judge Carlos Bonadio ordered on Thursday that Kirchner, who led the country from 2007-2015, be placed in pre-trial detention and stripped of her judicial immunity.

The judge's order also calls for the arrest of former Foreign Minister Hector Timerman and a number of other officials from Kirchner's two administrations.

Al Jazeera's Teresa Bo, reporting from Buenos Aires, said Kirchner has been accused of "treason" and interfering with the investigation into the bombing based on a memorandum of understanding between the governments of Argentina and Iran.

"This accusation is based on an agreementthat would allegedly allow Argentine judges to interrogate Iranian officials that Argentina claims were involved in that investigation," she said.

The Mutual Israeli-Argentine Association (AMIA), a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires, was blown up by a member ofHezbollahin 1994.Argentine prosecutors have alleged the attack was ordered by the government of Iran.

The arrest order is also linked to accusations made by murdered special prosecutor Alberto Nisman.

Nisman, who was investigating the AMIA bombing, alleged that Kirchner had covered up the role of Iranian officials in the attack.

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