A good federal judge in Argentina indicted and asked for the arrest of former President Cristina Fernandez for trying to hide Iran’s possible role in the bombing of a Jewish community middle in 1994 that killed 85 people, condition news agency Telam said on Thursday.
As Fernandez is a senator, Congress would first have to vote to strip her of parliamentary immunity before she could be detained. The judge, Claudio Bonadio, as well indicted and ordered home arrest for Fernandez’s Foreign Minister Hector Timerman, Telam said.
Fernandez and Timerman have previously denied wrongdoing.
Earlier on Thursday, two lower level allies of Fernandez were arrested found in the same case on Bonadio’s order: Carlos Zannini, a legal adviser, and Luis D’Elia, the leader of a group of protesters allied with her authorities.
An Argentine appeals courtroom ordered the re-starting of the investigation into the potential bombing cover up a year ago. In January 2015, the prosecutor who initially manufactured the accusation, Alberto Nisman, was found shot dead in the toilet of his Buenos Aires house.
The death was classified as a suicide, though an official investigating the case has said the shooting were a homicide. Nisman’s human body was discovered time before he was to short Congress on the bombing of the center.
Nisman said Fernandez worked at the rear of the scenes to crystal clear Iran and normalize relations to clinch a good grains-for-oil handle Tehran.