Prosecutor Pollicita charges President CFK in AMIA cover-up case
Federal Prosecutor Gerardo Pollicita has requested to investigate President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman in the case that looks into the alleged cover-up of Iran's role in the 1994 AMIA bombing.
Pollicita presented a 61-page report before Judge Daniel Rafefas, giving green light to the complaint first filed by now late AMIA special prosecutor Alberto Nisman.
Ruling Victory Front (FpV) lawmaker Andrés Larroque, social leader Luis D’Elía, head of the political group Quebracho Fernando Esteche, ex judge Héctor Yrimia and Allan Bogado have been also charged.
Pollicita’s presentation does not involve an inquiry of the defendants. More details of the presentation were not revealed, as the prosecutor imposed secrecy on the report.
Judge Rafecas, who was on leave till February 20, has decided to resume duties on Wednesday 18, returning to court to address Pollicita's request. He is to confirm whether the suspects must be formally investigated or not.
On January 14, Nisman shocked the political world when he filed a complaint against Fernández de Kirchner, her Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman, La Cámpora youth organization lawmaker Andrés “Cuervo” Larroque, former Kirchnerite official Luis D’Elía and Quebracho ultra-nationalist organization head Fernando Esteche.
Nisman also accused former judge Héctor Yrimia and Ramón Allan Héctor Bogado of being intelligence agents working for the Kirchnerite administration and Jorge Khalil of being the link with Tehran in Buenos Aires.
According to Nisman, Argentina signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Iran in January 2013 to lift the Interpol “Red Notices” against the Iranian suspects. He argued the president wanted to promote trade relations with Tehran and had agreed to leave the justice claim behind.
The prosecutor first filed his complaint before Lijo, as he was the magistrate in charge of investigating the cover-up of the AMIA bombing. The complaint was then taken by judge Rafecas.
The government has argued that neither the creation of a “Truth Committee” together with Iran (as the Memorandum indicated) nor the lifting of the “Red Alerts” took place, and said this would invalidate Nisman’s complaint.
However, Pollicita stated the doctrine is unanimous in considering indifferent that the goals of the cover-up are achieved to carry on with the complaint.