Cristina Kirchner to face trial for suspected cover-up case

By March 5, 2018

Former Argentine President Cristina Kirchner will be brought to trial regarding her role in a possible cover-up of Iran’s accused involvement in the infamous AMIA building attacks, according to Argentina’s La Nación newspaper.

The planned oral hearing for the former president is tied to the 2015 official complaint from prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who accused Kirchner of leading a cover-up in regards to the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) building bombing in 1994. He was found dead the day before he was set to give testimony explaining his complaint in front of Argentina’s Congress, and investigators said the cause of death was a homicide.

According to La Nación’s report, Kirchner is accused of taking part in an illicit ploy to exonerate the Iranians suspected to have planned and carried out Argentina’s deadliest bombing ever.

Other notable defendants alongside Kirchner will be members of her former cabinet like foreign relations minister Héctor Timerman, legal and technical secretary Carlos Zannini, and intelligence director Oscar Parrilli, among others. There are 12 suspects named total as part of the charges.

Federal judge Claudio Bonadio said in his ruling to bring the case to trial: “Given the pieces of evidence so far gathered in this summary, it’s considered necessary to move on to the subsequent step, in relation to the 12 accused persons named on this resolution.”

The report further states that Kirchner would normally have to serve out a preventive prison sentence, but she is given amnesty due to her current status as a senator.

Though Kirchner has not commented directly, her lawyer called the trial “a farce” in a comment to La Nación.