The Second Federal Chamber of the Argentine Court of Justice has confirmed the legal proceedings of Judge Claudio Bonadio against the former Peronist President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and several others who worked with her.

The chamber has rejected the request made by Ronald Noble (former head of Interpol), to testify on behalf of the accused.

Even though they have not been subject to previous sentences, judges Martin Irurzun and Eduardo Farah have confirmed the warrants for internment against the former president (who now benefits from parliamentary immunity), her Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hector Timmerman (who is subject to house arrest because of his health) and three individuals who had worked with her: Carlos Zannini, Luis D’Elía and Fernando Esteche.

The accused are charged with «obstruction of justice, abuse of authority and aggravated concealment», but no longer with “high treason”; this final charge had been used for the last time against General Juan Perón, in 1955.

This absurd matter is premised on the belief that the 1992 and 1994 attacks against Israel’s embassy in Buenos Aires and AIMA, it seems, were perpetrated by the Hezbollah acting on behalf of Iran. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the theory goes, would have then been bribed by Teheran to put an end to the proceedings against several Iranian ministers. Except that, for already a fortnight, the thesis that the Hezbollah and Iran might be responsible for the attacks has been invalidated after the FBI provided the results of the DNA tests.

Anoosha Boralessa