Yesterday, former President Cristina Kirchner officially requested that the AMIA cover up case be sent to trial “as soon as possible.” Just as a quick reminder, the former president has been indicted – along with several other high-profile Kirchnerite figures – in regards to the alleged cover up of Iran’s role in the AMIA Jewish community center attack in 1994.
Her petition is more than likely to be granted, as both the request itself and Federal Judge Claudio Bonadio’s answer are mere formalities. At this stage, it is Federal Prosecutor Eduardo Taiano who has the ability to send the case to trial, and the judge, who has already agreed with all of his petitions so far, must simply comply with the request. According to Infobae, this could happen by the end of this month.
However, the former President took advantage of this procedural instance to throw another jab at Bonadio, whom she considers to be one of the judges in charge of leading the political persecution against her. In fact, in her first speech as a Senator – for the current term, since she has held the post before – she repeatedly used the term ‘lawfare‘ (a mix of law and warfare) to describe the reason for her legal woes.
Should (when) the case effectively make its way to the next instance, a court comprised of three judges will determine if the evidence gathered in the investigation is compelling enough to convict her and the other defendants of covering up Iran’s role in the 1994 AMIA Jewish community center attack – in which 85 people died and more than 150 were injured – in exchange for trade deals, like late prosecutor Alberto Nisman had accused her of before dying.
What makes this even more controversial is the fact that 28 Border Patrol analysts (the Argentine Gendarmería) have recently concluded that the late prosecutor Nisman was “murdered in cold blood,” and that the crime scene had been tampered with in order to make it look like he had committed suicide.
It is worth remembering that Bonadio had indicted the former president for treason, but after Fernández de Kirchner appealed, a superior court determined to modify the charges to the alleged cover up. The judge had also ordered that she be put in preemptive prison, but her post as a Senator provides her with congressional immunity, and most of her peers have already made it clear that they will not vote in favor of stripping her from it.
Several other high-profile Kirchnerite officials and affiliates who had been accused of being part of the scheme were indicted in the same ruling. The judge also ordered the preemptive arrest of former Legal and Technical Secretary Carlos Zannini and former Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman, as well as controversial social leader Luis D’Elía, former Quebracho picket group leader Fernando Esteche, and Jorge “Yussuf” Khalil.
Former Federal Intelligence Agency (AFI) head Oscar Parrilli and former Deputy Andrés Larroque were also indicted, but Bonadio only ordered that they be prevented from leaving the country, without also requesting preemptive prison.