Argentina's Kirchner says arrest order violates law

Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

Years after the attack on the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA), Kirchner was accused of having struck a deal with Iranian officials to grant those responsible for the bombing immunity in exchange for oil, the Telegraph reports.

Jewish center in Buenos Aires, that was carried out by a member of Hezbollah, killed 85 victims.

An Argentine judge on Thursday, December 7, ordered the arrest of former president Cristina Kirchner for allegedly covering up Iranian involvement in a 1994 bombing at a Buenos Aires Jewish center that left 85 people dead, according to a judicial source.

He has ordered the arrest of Kirchner, her former foreign minister Hector Timerman, and former top aide Carlos Zannini as well as other former officials.

Kirchner, who was sworn in as a senator on November 29, along with former officials in her government, were accused by prosecutor Gerardo Pollicita of an "aggravated cover-up" of the bombing that is considered a crime against humanity.

In 2011, Argentina was roiled by the revelation, immediately denied, that Kirchner had signed a secret memorandum with the Iranian government that would have resulted in the lifting of the red notices, that Interpol maintained on behalf of the Argentine government.

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In an attempt to clear up the matter, Kirchner's late husband Néstor appointed federal prosecutor Alberto Nisman to lead the probe in 2004.

The death was classified as a suicide, though an official investigating the case has said the shooting appeared to be a homicide.

He was to outline his case before Argentina's congress two days later.

Kirchner claimed the murder was the work of intelligence agents intent on destabilising her government.

Kirchner's leftist alliance in the Senate has a total of 32 seats, but only around a dozen senators are in the Kirchner camp.

Her political clout has since faded with the victory of center-right President Mauricio Macri in elections later that year, but the populist firebrand now seeks a comeback as leading the opposition against Mr. Macri.

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