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Federal Prosecutor Gerardo Pollicita made a request to include additional members of the Kirchner administration in the case his late colleague, Alberto Nisman, filed against former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner — as well as other high ranking officials who had already been accused, such as former Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman — for allegedly covering up Iran’s role in the 1994 AMIA Jewish center bombing.

Pollicita officially requested Judge Ariel Lijo investigate the former Planning Minister Julio De Vido, former Intelligence Agency Director, Oscar Parrilli, former Legal and Technical Secretary Carlos Zannini and former Treasury Attorney — basically the country’s top lawyer at the time — Angelina Abbona.

Parrilli and Zannini. Photo via RTN Web
Parrilli and Zannini. Photo via RTN Web

None had been accused by Nisman but, according to Infobae, the prosecutor who took his place made the decision after coming across information when going through the case’s evidence.

Pollicita requested that Parrilli and Zannini be investigated because others accused in the case — among them Luis D’Elía, Fernando Esteche and Jorge “Yusuf” Khalil, thought to be part of a sort of “parallel embassy” that orchestrated this alleged deal — named them in the wiretapped phone conversations Nisman presented as evidence.

In De Vido’s case, because the Planning Ministry had held leadership positions while commercial negotiations with Iran during all three Kirchner administrations took place. Remember Nisman’s argument centered around the former administration agreeing to cover up Iran’s role in the attack that killed 85 people and left over 300 injured in exchange of trade deals. Namely, grains and meat for oil and other energy sources.

Former Planning Minister Julio De Vido. Photo via La Nación
Former Planning Minister Julio De Vido. Photo via La Nación

As for Abbona, Pollicita believes she could have had some sort of involvement because she was part of the Argentine delegation that negotiated the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). According to the accusation, this would have been the front that guaranteed impunity to the Iranians.

Photo via Mendoza Post
Photo via Mendoza Post

It’s fair to clarify that what Pollicita is looking to determine now is whether the new suspects have some sort of involvement in the negotiations that Nisman — and now Pollicita as well — believe covered as a way to hide Iran’s role in the attack. A court will then have to determine whether the negotiations themselves effectively constituted a crime. If both turn to be true, only then they will be found guilty.

In order to substantiate the first accusation, Pollicita requested access to all of the accused’s phone records from January 1st 2011, onward. The request includes all conversations that took place over their personal land lines, cellphones and even radio services, as well as the calls they could have made from their respective workplaces. He also requested access to all their immigration control records and check who paid for them.