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Court indicts ex-Argentinian president, orders arrest

Court indicts ex-Argentinian president, orders arrest


Reuters
BUENOS AIRES
A federal judge in Argentina indicted former President Cristina Fernandez for treason and asked for her arrest for trying to cover up Iran's possible role in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center that killed 85 people, a court ruling said.
As Fernandez is a senator, Congress would first have to vote to strip her of parliamentary immunity for an arrest to occur.
The judge, Claudio Bonadio, also indicted and ordered house arrest for Fernandez's Foreign Minister Hector Timerman, the 491-page ruling said. Fernandez and Timerman have previously denied wrongdoing. Fernandez called a news conference for 4:30 p.m. local time (1930 GMT). Timerman's lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment.
While removing immunity from congressional officials is rare in Argentina, Congress voted on Oct. 25 to do so for Fernandez's former planning minister Julio De Vido and he was arrested the same day. De Vido is accused of fraud and corruption, which he denies.
Cases involving Fernandez and her allies have picked up, with several high profile arrests and indictments in recent months, after Mauricio Macri, the center-right mayor of Buenos Aires, was elected president in late 2015.

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