Argentine Jews to appeal decision to dismiss case against Vice-President over Iran deal

The Jewish community in Argentina vowed to appeal a Buenos Aires judge’s decision to dismiss the case against former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner for allegedly covering up Iran’s role in the bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center.

Fernández de Kirchner now serves as Argentina’s vice-president in the government of President Alberto Fernandez, her former chief of staff.

In March 2018, a federal judge ruled that Fernández de Kirchner, former foreign minister Héctor Timerman and ten other close aides would stand trial for a 2013 deal with Iran that whitewashed Tehran’s responsibility for the AMIA bombing.

The Argentina-Iran pact exonerating the Tehran regime of responsibility for the AMIA atrocity was exposed by Alberto Nisman, the federal prosecutor found murdered in his Buenos Aires apartment in January 2015, a murder that Fernández de Kirchner falsely described as suicide at the time.

As Nisman was about to file a formal complaint against the Kirchner government over the Iran deal, there had been speculation in Argentina as to whether the former president or her advisors might have been involved in his murder.

Jorge Knoblovits, head of the Argentine Jewish umbrella organization DAIA stressed that his organisation would appeal the decision: “We will continue to demand justice and the prosecution of the accused,”

Several opposition politicians also condemned the court decision. One legislator, Margarita Stolbizer, argued that a trial “would clarify the reasons for the pact that exonerated the Iran accused of the AMIA bombing from appearing before the Argentine justice system, to determine whether or not a crime was committed”.

85 people were murdered and hundreds more were wounded in the 1994 attack on the AMIA, one of the deadliest acts of antisemitic violence since World War II.