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Judge orders arrest of ex-Argentine president Kirchner

An Argentine judge has ordered the arrest of former President Cristina Kirchner over 1994 bombing.

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

A judge has ordered the arrest of former Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner for allegedly covering up Iranian involvement in a 1994 bombing that killed 85 people at a Jewish community centre.

Judge Carlos Bonadio ordered on Thursday that Kirchner, who led the country from 2007-2015, be placed in pre-trial detention and stripped of her judicial immunity.

The judge's order also calls for the arrest of former foreign minister Hector Timerman and a number of other officials from Kirchner's two administrations.

The Mutual Israeli-Argentina Assocation (AMIA), a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires, was blown up by a Hezbollah member. Argentine prosecutors have alleged the attack was ordered by the government of Iran.

The arrest order is also linked to accusations made by murdered special prosecutor Alberto Nisman.

Nisman, who was investigating the AMIA bombing, alleged Kirchner had covered up the role of Iranian officials in the attack.

Nisman was found dead in his home on January 18, 2015. He had been set to explain his accusations in a congressional hearing the following day.

The death, initially declared as suicide, provoked outcry against government corruption in Argentina.

Kirchner claimed the murder was the work of intelligence agents intent on destabilising her government. In response, she shut down the Secretariat of Intelligence, replacing it with the Federal Intelligence Agency in March 2015.

Kirchner, who is facing several corruption charges from her time as president, is set to take a seat in the Senate next week. Her election in October marked a return to politics.

The Senate will now have to vote on lifting Kirchner's immunity, however, this is not likely to happen before the end of 2017, according to Bo, because of the holiday recess and divisions over the validity of the judge's decision.

"Many are questioning this arrest warrant because they're saying that Kirchner was not even tried," she said.

"Many of her administration are currently on preventive detention and that's why there's many among the members of the previous government that are saying that the judge and the judiciary are persecuting [them] and that they are victims of the administration of [current President] Mauricio Macri."


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