Federal Prosecutor in the AMIA cover up case Eduardo Taiano requested yesterday former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, as well as the other accused – several high-profile Kirchnerite figures among them – be sent to trial.
As of today, the defendants have six business days to formally answer to the accusations, a deadline that can be extended for six more should be requested and have basis to sustain the petition. Then, Federal Judge Claudio Bonadio will send the case to trial, where it will be ruled over by a court comprised by three judges.
This could happen as early as the end of February.
This particular act is a mere formality, as the prosecutor is the official who has the ability to send the case to trial at this point and the judge, who has already agreed with all of his petitions so far, complies with the request.
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It will now be up the court to determine if the evidence gathered in the investigation is compelling enough to convict the former President and the other defendants of committing treason by orchestrating a plot to cover 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 assured before dying.
Also indicted in the case are: Former Legal and Technical Secretary Carlos Zannini, Former Federal Intelligence Agency (AFI) head Oscar Parrilli, former Deputy Andrés Larroque 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. If found guilty, they could get sentences that would range from 10 to 25 years in prison, or even life.
In case you don’t remember, Nisman claimed the defendants had a role in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Iran that on paper called for judicial cooperation to investigate the 1994 bombing, but it was actually a front to whitewash Iranian responsibility for the attack.
Four days after making this scandalous accusation to the media and only hours before he was supposed to testify before Congress about it, Nisman was found dead in his Puerto Madero apartment with a single gunshot to the head.
What makes this even more controversial is the fact that 28 analysts in the Border Patrol (Gendarmerie) have concluded recently that the late prosecutor 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.