President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was formally accused by prosecutor Gerardo Pollicita of conspiring to cover up the Iranian involvement in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires that left 85 people dead.
Pollicita decided to move forward with the accusation made almost a month ago by prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who shocked the political world last January 14th after saying that the President, along with Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman and Kirchnerite lawmaker Andrés Larroque among others, had been working to let Iran off the hook in exchange for oil.
Before being found dead in his Puerto Madero apartment last month, Nisman was getting ready to formally charge the President with concealment and obstruction of justice, since he alleged she had plotted to bury the responsibility of five Iranian suspects that he himself had accused of being responsible for the attack.
Ever since Nisman’s earth-shattering statements last month, the National Government has been on the defensive and dismissed the late prosecutor’s theory as a complete fabrication and a “soft coup”. Government officials (the President included) argue that Nisman was being used by rogue elements in the intelligence community and was purposely fed false information. Once they had no more use for him, they killed him.
Now, while many international media outlets announced that Cristina had been indicted, this is wrong. The prosecutor has charged her with cover up and is asking the judge in the case, Daniel Rafecas, to indict her.
Rafecas, who was on vacation, has decided to cut them short and resume his activities on Wednesday.
He will now have to evaluate Pollicita’s request and decide whether to indict the President or not.
This is a story in development