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Argentina: Case Against President Moves Forward

The prosecutor who inherited a case against Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de KIrchner said he is formally renewing the investigation into whether the president and other officials helped Iranian officials cover up their alleged role in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center.

The decision by prosecutor Gerardo Pollicita comes after the mysterious death of Prosecutor Alberto Nisman on Jan. 18. He was found dead in his home with a gunshot to the head.

Nisman was building a case and had accused Fernandez de Kirchner and other high-level officials of covering up alleged Iranian involvement in exchange for favorable deals on oil and other goods.

Fernandez has denied the accusations and Iran has also denied any involvement in the bombings.

Pollicita will present his case to judge, Daniel Rafeces, who will ultimately decide whether to continue to trail or dismiss it.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, administration spokesman Anibal Fernandez said that moving forward with the case was a “clear maneuver to destabilize democracy” but that ultimately “it has no legal value. It does not matter.”


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--Associated Press