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Argentina/Israel/Iran: A small and long overdue step toward justice in the ’94 Buenos Aires Jewish center bombing

December 10, 2017

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The wheels of justice can grind exceedingly slow in places like Argentina, even when terrorism, mass murder and cover-ups at the highest level of government are involved.

But there’s a major development in the still-officially unsolved bombing of a 1994 Buenos Aires Jewish center in which 85 people were killed: A federal judge last week indicted ex-President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner for treason and asked Argentina’s Senate to lift her immunity from arrest and detention.

He based the charges on the investigation of Alberto Nisman, the crusading prosecutor found shot to death in 2015 just hours before he was to testify at a closed-door hearing and unveil a criminal case against Kirchner and her allies.

Nisman was to name a Lebanese Hezbollah operative acting with top-level Iranian support and direction as the main bomber.

And he was set to charge Kirchner and then-Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman with whitewashing Iran’s involvement in the attack in return for a lucrative secret trade deal involving Argentinian grain in return for Iranian oil.

Investigators appointed by Kirchner officially labeled Nisman’s death a suicide, but a new forensic investigation in September declared that he’d been murdered.
The Senate now has eight months to decide whether to lift Kirchner’s immunity — and the sad fact is that it probably won’t.

That’s because President Mauricio Macri, who supports the investigation, does not command a majority in the Senate. And some officials fear arresting Kirchner will only make her a left-wing martyr.

But the saddest fact of all is that, after nearly a quarter-century, no one has yet been successfully prosecuted for a deadly act of terror — or for the murder of a prosecutor who tried to bring those killers to justice.

https://nypost.com/2017/12/10/a-small-and-long-overdue-step-toward-justice-in-the-94-buenos-aires-jewish-center-bombing/

http://americasquarterly.org/content/why-cfks-arrest-warrant-nothing-celebrate

https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/12/12/argentine-judge-orders-ex-foreign-minister-at-heart-of-amia-bombing-cover-up-to-remain-under-house-arrest/

https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/12/13/iranian-foreign-minister-zarif-confirms-kirchner-government-in-argentina-asked-interpol-to-revoke-red-notices-for-amia-bombing-planners/

https://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/23818/treason-charges-against-fernandez-jolt-argentina-and-should-rattle-iran

http://www.lanacion.com.ar/2090192-la-muerte-del-fiscal-cato-el-espia-sin-nombre-que-debia-cuidar-a-nisman (ESPANOL)

http://radioequinoccio.com/editoriales/item/7708-fin-de-la-impunidad-en-argentina-casos-nisman-esma-y-amia.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.lanacion.com.ar/2090283-las-frases-mas-destacadas-de-mauricio-macri-a-dos-anos-de-iniciar-su-mandato (ESPANOL)

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Argentina/Iran/Israel: Argentina judge seeks arrest of ex-leader Fernández

December 7, 2017

Handout picture released by Argentina"s Senate press office showing Argentine former president and Buenos Aires senator Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner swearing-in for a new mandate as senator, at the Congress in Buenos Aires, on November 29, 2017.

A judge in Argentina says he is seeking the arrest of former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner over accusations she took part in a political cover-up.

Ms Fernández, who governed for eight years from December 2007, is now a senator and as such enjoys parliamentary immunity.

For her to be arrested, the Senate would have to lift that immunity with a two-thirds majority vote.

Senators said they would consider the judge’s request once they received it.

‘Criminal plan’

Federal judge Claudio Bonadio, who is seeking the arrest, alleges Ms Fernández was took part in “an orchestrated criminal plan” to cover up the alleged involvement of senior Iranian officials in a 1994 bomb attack against a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires.

She has always denied the allegations and has accused Judge Bonadio of pursuing a campaign of political persecution against her.

Judge Bonadio also ordered that Héctor Timerman, who was foreign minister under Ms Fernández, be placed under house arrest in connection with the same case.

Two more close allies of Ms Fernández were arrested on Thursday morning. They are Carlos Zannadi, a senior legal official in the Fernández administration, and political activist Luis D’Elía.

Argentina’s deadliest terror attack

Judge Bonadio presides over a commission which is investigating the 1994 bombing of the Israeli-Argentine Mutual Association (known as Amia for its initials in Spanish), a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires.

Firemen, policemen and rescuers search in rubble as a crowd looks on after a bomb exploded at the Israeli-Argentine Mutual Association (Amia) in Buenos Aires on 18 July 1994,Image copyrightAFP
Image captionThe Amia building collapsed in the bombing, which killed 85 people

Eighty-five people died in the bombing, which was Argentina’s deadliest terror attack.

Judge Bonadio re-opened the case against Ms Fernández after it had been dismissed by another federal judge in February 2015.

The allegations of a cover-up in the highest echelons of government were originally made by special prosecutor Alberto Nisman, whose sudden death in January 2015 is still being investigated.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-42264165

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-argentina-fernandez/argentine-judge-seeks-arrest-of-ex-president-fernandez-idUSKBN1E11Q4

http://www.dw.com/en/cristina-fernandez-de-kirchner-ex-president-of-argentina-faces-arrest-warrant/a-41694194

https://www.dailysabah.com/americas/2017/12/07/argentina-judge-orders-arrest-of-ex-president-cristina-kirchner-source

https://www.timesofisrael.com/argentina-judge-orders-arrest-of-ex-president-kirchner-over-iran-cover-up/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/12/07/cristina-fernandez-de-kirchner-ex-president-argentina-faces-arrest-warrant-allegedly-covering-up-bom/930209001/

http://www.jns.org/latest-articles/2017/12/8/in-decades-long-amia-jewish-center-affair-the-truth-will-come-out#.WiwAskribIU

http://www.euronews.com/2017/12/08/former-argentina-president-charged-with-treason

http://uk.businessinsider.com/r-arrests-judicial-reforms-under-macri-worry-argentina-opposition-2017-12

http://www.lemonde.fr/ameriques/article/2017/12/08/argentine-mandat-d-arret-contre-cristina-kirchner_5226622_3222.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.liberation.fr/planete/2017/12/07/argentine-cristina-kirchner-visee-par-un-mandat-d-arret-pour-trahison_1615177 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.courrierinternational.com/article/la-justice-argentine-demande-larrestation-de-cristina-kirchner-pour-trahison (FRANCAIS)

Argentina/Israel/Iran: Will New Reports and Court Proceedings Shine a Light on the Death of Alberto Nisman and the AMIA Bombing?

November 21, 2017

The mysterious murder of Alberto Nisman, Hy”d, the prosecutor charged with investigating the 1994 bombing of the headquarters of Argentina’s central Jewish communal organization (AMIA), aroused suspicions from the moment it was made public. For an investigator’s body to be found just a week after accusing his country’s then-president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, of conspiracy to shield the perpetrators of a lethal terror attack, on the very night before he was to present his findings to the Argentine Congress, seemed to most observers like more than mere coincidence.

Most initial reports from the government and law enforcement authorities labeled the shooting death, which took place in January 2015, a suicide. While the veracity of this was highly doubted in the public eye, the move largely smothered any possibility of further inquiry into Nisman’s demise as well as investigations and indictments connected to the bombing itself.

Yet for more than a year, the government of President Mauricio Macri, who wrested power from President Kirchner later in 2015, has encouraged authorities to thoroughly investigate Nisman’s death once again, an effort bolstered by the declassification of all documents related to the case.

In the coming weeks — even days — it looks as if the justice long called for by the many who took to the streets following Nisman’s death might be taking shape.

http://hamodia.com/features/will-new-reports-court-proceedings-shine-light-death-alberto-nisman-amia-bombing/

https://www.npr.org/2017/11/14/564006444/former-argentina-president-denies-bombing-cover-up-allegations

https://www.ft.com/content/7b4884de-ba67-11e7-9bfb-4a9c83ffa852

https://www.timesofisrael.com/ex-argentina-leader-kirchner-denies-amia-bombing-cover-up-in-court/

https://www.jta.org/2017/10/26/news-opinion/world/two-argentine-ex-presidents-appear-in-court-over-amia-jewish-center-bombing

http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/interestrates/ARGENTINA-Cristina-Kirchner-Testifies-On-Alleged-AMIA-Cover-up-1005736357

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/06/argentinian-lawyer-alberto-nisman-was-murdered-police-report-finds

https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/11/22/mother-of-slain-argentine-prosecutor-alberto-nisman-demands-investigation-into-possible-involvement-of-former-president-kirchner-in-sons-murder/

http://globaljournalist.org/2017/12/argentine-journalist-exiled-over-prosecutors-death/

http://www.boursorama.com/actualites/attentat-de-1994-a-buenos-aires-kirchner-nie-toute-entrave-au-profit-de-l-iran-62a240ca74fe2e16e06ab80042c74cf3 (FRANCAIS)

Argentina/Iran/Israel: Argentine Judge Summons Ex-President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in Ongoing Probe of Cover-up of Iran’s Responsibility for 1994 Buenos Aires Jewish Center Bombing

October 9, 2017

The Argentine federal judge investigating the allegation that ex-President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s administration conspired with Iran to hide Tehran’s culpability for the deadly 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires announced on Monday that Kirchner has been subpoenaed to appear before him on October 26.

In the latest sensational development in a case that has proceeded for over twenty years without a single conviction, Judge Claudio Bonadio banned Kirchner and fourteen other defendants from leaving the country until they have provided their testimonies.

Bonadio’s case is based on the original complaint that was to have been submitted by late special prosecutor Alberto Nisman in January 2015, which laid out the charge of complicity with Iran against Kirchner, her foreign minister Hector Timerman and several other officials. Nisman was found dead in his Buenos Aires apartment the night before he was due to present his complaint to Argentina’s Congress; the initial spurious claim that Nisman committed suicide was finally disproven last week, when an official report from from Argentina’s Gendarmeria Nacional concluded that the federal prosecutor had been beaten, drugged, and then shot execution-style.

https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/10/09/argentine-judge-summons-ex-president-cristina-fernandez-de-kirchner-in-ongoing-probe-of-cover-up-of-irans-responsibility-for-1994-buenos-aires-jewish-center-bombing/

https://www.timesofisrael.com/judge-subpoenaes-argentine-ex-president-in-amia-inquiry/

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-10-10/an-unsolved-death-drives-argentina-to-fiction

https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Argentina-Fernandez-to-Testify-in-Case-of-Alleged-Bombing-Cover-Up-in-1994-20171010-0006.html

http://www.thetower.org/5522-former-argentinian-president-ordered-to-testify-in-terror-cover-up-probe/

http://fr.timesofisrael.com/attentat-amia-un-juge-cite-a-comparaitre-lex-presidente-de-largentine/ (FRANCAIS)

Argentina/Iran/Israel: Le rôle du régime iranien dans le meurtre d’un procureur argentin

le 3 octobre, 2017

Le rôle du régime iranien dans le meurtre d’un procureur argentin

Dans un article publié dans le Real Clear World, Toby Dershowitz, vice-président de la Fondation pour la défense des démocraties, a rapporté sur l’enquête concernant l’assassinat en 2015 du procureur Alberto Nisman. Celui-ci a eu lieu la veille du jour où il devait présenter des preuves impliquant le régime iranien dans la plus grande attaque terroriste en Argentine et démontrait que la présidente de l’époque, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, essayait de couvrir cette implication.

M. Dershowitz a souligné que le rapport de police de 400 pages « a découvert ce que la plupart des gens auraient trouvé instinctivement. » M. Nisman ne s’est pas suicidé, mais il a été assassiné. En réalité, il a été drogué, puis passé à tabac, ce qui ne conduit pas à l’hypothèse du suicide. Pourtant, Mme Kirchner a décrit sa mort en tant que suicide, le résultat d’une dispute avec sa partenaire, et même un meurtre pour la piéger.

L’affaire est cependant loin d’être résolue. Nous ne savons toujours pas qui l’a tué, qui l’a commandité et pour quelles raisons.

M. Dershowitz a écrit : « De nombreux observateurs pensent qu’il n’était pas la cible. La cible était les preuves qu’il devait exposer concernant le rôle de l’Iran dans le terrorisme dans l’hémisphère occidental, et concernant les tentatives présumées de Mme Kirchner pour couvrir le rôle de l’Iran dans les attentats du 18 juillet 1994 contre l’AMIA, le centre de la communauté israélite à Buenos Aires. »

Cet attentat a fait 85 morts et des centaines de blessés.

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https://www.ncr-iran.org/fr/actualites/droits-humains/20247-le-role-du-regime-iranien-dans-le-meurtre-d-un-procureur-argentin

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Nisman

https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/10/02/official-report-death-of-argentine-prosecutor-in-1994-buenos-aires-jewish-center-bombing-case-was-result-of-murder-not-suicide/ (ENGLISH)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/inside-the-murder-of-the-prosecutor-who-fingered-irans-terror-team-in-argentina (ENGLISH)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Nisman (ENGLISH)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Alberto_Nisman (ENGLISH)

http://tn.com.ar/politica/la-muerte-de-alberto-nisman-diego-lagomarsino-pidio-la-nulidad-de-la-pericia-de-gendarmeria_824718 (ESPANOL)

Argentina/Israel/Iran: Argentine prosecutor Nisman death, a homicide, according to toxicology report

September 23, 2017

Nisman was investigating the 1994 bombing of AMIA Jewish community center  and accused then-President Cristina Fernandez of covering up Iran’s role in the bombing

A new toxicology report on the body of Alberto Nisman, the late Argentine prosecutor, found that ketamine and clonazepam were in his blood at the time his death, Argentine federal criminal prosecutor Ricardo Saenz announced this week.

Nisman was investigating the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires and accused then-President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Hector Timerman of covering up Iran’s role in the bombing through a memorandum of understanding with Teheran. The memorandum of understanding was later declared unconstitutional. Nisman was found dead in his apartment of a gunshot wound to his head hours before he was due to present his findings to a closed-door session of Congress.

While clonazepam is a tranquilizer, ketamine is an anesthetic that is often used by veterinarians on animals. According to Argentine newspaper La Nacion, after the toxicology analysis was released, Saenz said in a radio interview that “there is plenty of evidence in the case that indicates that it is a homicide,” he added that the discovery of ketamine “would be one more.”

Echoing Saenz’s charge, a Wall Street Journal editorial on Wednesday observed that “it is highly unlikely Nisman would have voluntarily ingested such a drug.” The Journal also raised the question of Iran’s involvement in Nisman’s death. This is not the first time that Iran’s connection to the death of the prosecutor has surfaced. In 2015, Christopher Dickey, foreign editor for The Daily Beast, raised the possibility that Nisman was murdered by Iran, highlighting that Islamic Republic has a history of assassinating opposition figures and others who might harm their regime.

http://en.mercopress.com/2017/09/22/argentine-prosecutor-nisman-death-a-homicide-according-to-toxicology-report

http://www.wral.com/new-probe-says-death-of-argentine-prosecutor-a-homicide/16966899/

http://www.france24.com/en/20170923-prosecutor-nisman-probing-argentina-president-kirchner-fernandez-murdered

http://lobelog.com/alberto-nisman-was-murdered-but-we-still-dont-know-why/

http://www.thedailybeast.com/inside-the-murder-of-the-prosecutor-who-fingered-irans-terror-team-in-argentina

Argentina/Israel/Iran: Argentina experts said to confirm Alberto Nisman was murdered

September 14, 2017

Alberto Nisman, the late prosecutor who investigated the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center, talks to journalists in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, May 29, 2013.  (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

A team of investigators in Argentina has reportedly determined that Alberto Nisman, the special prosecutor who investigated the Iran-ordered 1994 AMIA Jewish center bombing in Buenos Aires, was murdered and did not commit suicide as claimed by the defense, according to a Spanish-language report Thursday.

Twenty-eight experts in different areas, from ballistics to psychology, determined that Nisman was murdered by a shot to the head, and that the murderer (or murderers) then attempted to cover their tracks at the scene of the crime, according to a report in the Argentine news site Infobae.

Argentinian officials have has not confirmed the report, which comes just days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the first-ever visit by an Israeli premier to Argentina.

Netanyahu brought the issue up in his talks with Argentinean President Mauricio Macri. Israeli officials were told Monday that the investigation was advancing, and that they can expect an official announcement soon. Officials in the prime minister’s delegation said that the timing of the Thursday report was coincidental.

Nisman was discovered shot dead in his apartment in January 2015, hours before he was scheduled to appear in Congress. Nisman had been about to present allegations that then-president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner orchestrated a secret deal to cover up Iranian officials’ role in the AMIA bombing. Kirchner denied the allegations and judges threw out the case.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/argentina-experts-said-to-confirm-alberto-nisman-was-murdered/

http://jewishjournal.com/news/world/224433/alberto-nisman-murdered-argentine-investigators-set-claim-new-report/

http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/americas/155672-170917-ex-argentine-president-denies-gov-t-cover-up-as-report-finds-nisman-murdered

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Nisman

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http://fr.timesofisrael.com/des-experts-argentins-confirment-qualberto-nisman-a-bien-ete-assassine/ (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Nisman (FRANCAIS)

https://www.clarin.com/politica/nisman-ruta-sangre_0_rk7u1OucW.html (ESPANOL)

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http://exame.abril.com.br/mundo/promotor-argentino-morto-em-2015-foi-drogado-e-assassinado/ (PORTUGUES)

http://veja.abril.com.br/mundo/nova-pericia-confirma-que-alberto-nisman-foi-assassinado/ (PORTUGUES)