The Foreign Ministry announced yesterday that it will intercede before the US Embassy in Argentina to get former Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman his visa reinstated in order to travel to the United States and continue undergoing his cancer treatment. The news comes after Timerman found out on Tuesday night that his visa had been revoked when he was about to board a flight to New York.
Even though the US State Department declined to comment on the reason behind this decision – sources told Clarín it is confidential – several members of the Kirchnerite Frente para la Victoria party have stated that it likely had to do with his indictment in the AMIA-cover up case, despite the fact that he had been cleared by Judge Claudio Bonadio to leave the country and be treated in New York, in line with the terms of the house arrest he’d been serving.
Considering the possibility his visa had been revoked for that reason, Federal Judge Sergio Torres – the man in charge of the case during summer court recess – determined Timerman be released from preemptive prison in order to enable him to travel, following a request from his lawyer, Graciana Peñafort.
In case you forgot, Timerman was among the several high profile Kirchnerite figures who, last December 7, were indicted by Federal Judge Claudio Bonadio on allegations that they sought to cover-up the alleged Iranian responsibility for the AMIA bombing. He had been serving house arrest precisely due to his delicate health state.
These arrests took place after the indictment issued to former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. Because of her current position as national senator, Bonadio has asked for her immunity from arrest to be rescinded by the Senate. Bonadio is in charge of the complaint filed by late AMIA prosecutor Alberto Nisman in 2015 against Fernández de Kirchner and others in her government who had a role in the signing of a MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Iran which called for judicial cooperation to investigate the 1994 bombing that claimed the lives of 85 people. Nisman accused the then-government of using the MOU as a front to whitewash Iranian responsibility for the bombing. Bonadio has brought charges of treason, participating in a cover-up and obstructing the acts of a public official against the defendants.
In the immediate aftermath of Nisman’s complaint, Timerman was one of the loudest Kirchnerite voices proclaiming the legality of the MOU. Like his Kirchnerite counterparts, Timerman has contested the accusations against him every step of the way.