Argentina's ex-president Fernández to face trial

World Materials 6 March 2018 07:29 (UTC +04:00)

Argentina’s former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner will face trial over an alleged cover-up of Iranian involvement in a 1994 bombing of a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires, judicial authorities announced on Monday, The Guardian reports.

Eleven other former officials and people close to Fernández’s government will also be tried on charges of cover-up and abuse of power, the federal judge Claudio Bonadio said in a ruling released on Monday by Argentina’s official judicial information center (CIJ).

The trial date has not been set.

So far, four of the accused have been detained. In December, Bonadio asked lawmakers to remove Fernández’s immunity from prosecution, which she gained last year when she was sworn in as a senator. Legislators have not acted on the request.

The immunity protects her from being arrested, but she can still be tried.

The 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association center in Buenos Aires killed 85 people and wounded hundreds. Iran denies any involvement.