On the 27th anniversary of the bombing of the Jewish center AMIA in Buenos Aires that left 85 dead and hundreds injured, Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner called the imminent trial her claims attempts to cover up Iran’s role in the “monumental scandal” attack.
“This is a judicial panel to persecute opponents of Mauricio Macri,” she said on Friday, referring to the former Argentine president, in a statement. angry video speech given at the same time as the annual ceremony to commemorate the victims of the bombing. She asked for her trial, which was due to start later this year, to be dropped.
Kirchner, a progressive leftist who served as the country’s president from 2007 to 2015, was indicted by a federal judge in 2018 for obstructing the investigation into the 1994 bombing. After conducting his own investigation into the case, the Jewish prosecutor Alberto Nisman claimed in 2015 that Kirchner had a secret channel with Iranian officials involved in the bombing and was working to protect them from any suspicion.
Nisman was later found dead in his apartment the day he was due to present his findings in court. His death was ultimately deemed a homicide, having initially been viewed as a suicide.
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The Argentinian Jewish coordination group DAIA, which is part of the group leading the accusations against Kirchner and headquartered on one floor of the AMIA building, had asked for the Kirchner public hearing to be moved on Friday.
It was only moved forward an hour, and Kirchner’s fiery speech overlapped part of the commemoration ceremony.
“July is a month of memory, of tribute and of demand for justice. It is not a month to politicize a cause. To do his hearing on the same day is offensive, ”DAIA chairman Jorge Knoblovits told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. “If the feelings of the victims of the biggest terrorist attack of the 20th century are violated, it is very difficult to achieve justice and end impunity.
Fernandez de Kirchner also remains indicted in multiple corruption scandals since her tenure as president.
The AMIA commemoration has taken place virtually for the second year in a row, due to coronavirus precautions.