Former Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman testified today before Federal Judge Claudio Bonadio as a regarding his role in the alleged cover up of Iran’s role in the 1994 AMIA Jewish Center bombing. Let’s recall that the official who made the accusation was prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was found dead with a single gunshot wound to the head four days before making it and one before he was set to testify before Congress about it. His death still remains a mystery.
Although Border Patrol analysts recently concluded that he was murdered by two people, we still don’t know what the judge makes of the report, and should he consider it true, who was behind the murder.
Timerman arrived to the courthouse at 9:30 AM with his lawyers Graciana Peñafort and Alejandro Rúa – the same ones who provide legal counsel to former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in this case. Same as Fernández de Kirchner, Timerman has been accused of betraying his country by being the lead negotiator of the controversial Memorandum of Understanding with Iran, which was theoretically tasked with forming a “truth commission” that would investigate whether the Iranian officials accused by Argentina had indeed had responsibility in the attack.
The former President is set to testify before Bonadio on Thursday, October 26, four days after the midterm elections in which she is likely to get a Senate seat. Other former Kirchnerite officials such as Luis D’Elía, Carlos Zannini, Andrés Larroque and Oscar Parrilli are also set to testify in the following days.
- Read more about Nisman’s accusation: Cristina Kirchner Could Be Called to Testify for Allegedly Covering Up Iran’s Role in AMIA Bombing
According to Nisman’s accusation, the Truth Committee would actually exonerate the Iranian culprits by introducing new – fake – hypothesis about the reasons and those responsible for the terrorist attack. The committee would be cleared to issue recommendations that would ultimately affect the investigation being carried by the Argentine Judiciary and, as a result, be an attack against our country’s republican and democratic system.
Timerman refused to answer questions from the judge, but presented a 160-page-long written statement in which he rejected all accusations and denied he had a secret meeting in Aleppo, Syria, to negotiate the Memorandum.
Timmerman’s declaration started a new round of inquiries that will lead to Cristina’s appearance before the judge on October 26th. For this citation, Cristina accused President Macri of political persecution. Still, it is argued that the former president will be under parliamentary immunity because she will be likely be elected this Sunday as a Senator for the Buenos Aires Province.
Nisman’s accusation against Cristina and other members of the former administration had been closed by the Judge Rafecas, who concluded that there was not enough evidence to even begin an investigation about the potential crime. His decision was upheld by the Federal Court. However, the Cassation Court judges Gustavo Hornos and Mariano Borinsky determined at the end of last year that it should be re-opened.