Prosecutor Drops Charges Against Argentine President Over 1994 AMIA Bombing
A prosecutor in Argentina dismissed allegations on Tuesday that Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner tried to cover up Iran’s involvement in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires.
The prosecutor, Javier de Luca, dismissed the case before the Court of Appeals because he said there was not enough evidence to warrant an investigation. His actions effectively end the case.
De Luca’s decision comes a day after Kirchner sent out messages to her more than 3.7 million followers on Twitter about an international conspiracy involving the prosecutor who was filing those charges against her, Alberto Nisman, and his very powerful friends in American finance and politics, who she said were trying to sabotage her government.
And it comes months after Nisman was found dead in his Buenos Aires home, just hours before he was set to testify against Kirchner and Foreign Minister Hector Timerman for whitewashing the deadliest terrorist attack in Argentine history.
Kirchner originally backed the story that Nisman killed himself, but she changed her position a few days later. She claimed Nisman’s death was part of a plot to destabilize her government, and set out to tackle an international spy ring.
On Monday, Kirchner indicated that Nisman was himself part of that massive plot to undermine her government.
Writing on her official webpage, she linked Nisman to American hedge fund manager Paul Elliot Singer, whom she labeled the “Vulture Lord.” Singer’s hedge fund, Elliot Management, has been battling Kirchner’s government in U.S. courts for a decade over debt repayment.
“We are facing a global modus operandi,” wrote Kirchner. She accused lobbyists of “interfering and coercing the functioning of the various powers of State,” and contributing to “financial attacks or international media operations” to destabilize governments.
She accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of engaging in the same tactics with the U.S. and other countries over the nuclear deal with Iran.
A federal judge first rejected Nisman’s case in February, after his mother had filed her son’s charges even after his death, and then by a Federal appeals court.