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Argentinian judge orders former president's arrest over Jewish centre bombing cover-up

Cristina Fernández Kirchner is alleged to have covered up Iranian involvement in a 1994 Jewish centre bombing that killed 85

    Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (file photo)
    Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (file photo) Getty Images

    A judge has ordered the arrest of former Argentinian president Cristina Fernández Kirchner for allegedly covering up Iranian involvement in the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish centre which killed 85.

    Judge Claudio Bonadio’s has also requested the removal of 64-year-old Mrs Kirchner’s judicial immunity, AFP reports.

    Mrs Kirchner, who served as Argentina’s president from 2007 until 2015,, has previously called the case “an absurdity”.

    The bombing of Buenos Aires’ Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) in 1994 claimed the lives of 85 people and injured hundreds more, making it the country’s deadliest-ever bombing.

    It is widely held that terrorist group Hezbollah carried out the attack with Iranian backing, but Iran has consistently refused to co-operate with the investigation.

    The case has been marked by accusations of cover-ups.

    Citizens hold a vigil outside the AMIA in January 2015 after a public prosecutor who accused Ms Kirchner of obstruction was found dead
    Citizens hold a vigil outside the AMIA in January 2015 after a public prosecutor who accused Ms Kirchner of obstruction was found dead Getty Images

    Mrs Kirchner is accused of signing a deal with Tehran to allow Iranian officials suspected of ordering the attack on the Jewish centre to be interviewed by Argentine magistrates in Tehran, rather than in Buenos Aires.

    She is due to take her seat in Argentina’s Senate next week after crowning her political comeback with election victory in October. Her return to frontline politics would have given her immunity from prosecution on several separate corruption charges.

    The Senate will now have to vote on lifting her immunity at the judge's request, for which a two-thirds majority is needed.

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