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Government fails to strip Cristina Fernandez of her parliamentary immunity

Wednesday, November 21st 2018 - 08:40 UTC
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Federal Judge Claudio Bonadio claims the ex-president partook in a cover up of the 1994 AMIA Jewish community centre bombing Federal Judge Claudio Bonadio claims the ex-president partook in a cover up of the 1994 AMIA Jewish community centre bombing
Bonadio has requested the Senate to strip Cristina Fernández of her congressional privileges. If successful, it would put into effect his arrest warrant against her Bonadio has requested the Senate to strip Cristina Fernández of her congressional privileges. If successful, it would put into effect his arrest warrant against her
Peronist Senator Miguel Angel Pichetto has rejected the move and argues Cristina Fernandez has not yet been charged for any crime Peronist Senator Miguel Angel Pichetto has rejected the move and argues Cristina Fernandez has not yet been charged for any crime

Argentina ex-president and Senator Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will retain her parliamentary immunity for the rest of the year following the ruling coalition's Senate block failed attempt on Tuesday afternoon to address the issue.

The senate session was convened at 16:00 but half an hour later only 26 out of the needed 37 lawmakers turned up; 24 from the government block and two from the opposition.

Federal Judge Claudio Bonadio claims the ex-president partook in a cover up of the 1994 AMIA Jewish community centre bombing. He has requested the Senate to strip Fernández de Kirchner of her congressional privileges. If successful, it would put into effect his arrest warrant against her.

Peronist leader in the Senate, Miguel Angel Pichetto has rejected the move and refused to collaborate with the government's coalition on the grounds that Cristina Fernandez has not yet been charged for any crime.

“It's another stupidity” of the government's, Pichetto said.

”I don't believe this session is viable. We have asked the court (trying Fernández de Kirchner over alleged cover-up) for a report. We were hoping it makes a decision before Tuesday,“ he said.

Federico Pinedo, president of the Senate said he was forced to end the session, but the Chamber tried to comply with Judge Bonadio's request from March first, which effectively expired this Tuesday following on the 180-day procedure.

”We have shown there is not a corporative spirit in the Senate in addressing issues. And there is also no such thing as a political or judicial persecution, what is ongoing is a court investigation. We were very careful about the boundaries of the discussion” pointed out Pinedo.

Fernández de Kirchner is facing a number of legal battles, and in this particular case has denied involvement in any AMIA bombing cover-up, saying instead her government’s decision to seek a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Iran was aimed at putting an end to the legal stalemate surrounding the AMIA investigation.

Prosecutors, however, allege the Kirchner governments were offering immunity to accused high-ranking Iranian government officials in exchange for trade deal.

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  • Tarquin Fin

    @golfcronie

    At least in this case, our lawmakers did what is right. There is no reason to take away her immunity without a guilty verdict. If they did take away her immunity there is a risk that the whole thing would look like a political move.

    The problem is not the Arg. Senate, it is Arg. Justice that still has not come up with irrefutable evidence about her alleged wrongdoings.

    Nov 21st, 2018 - 04:11 pm +2
  • Tarquin Fin

    Actually Enrique, Nisman did not commit suicide. We'll never know what happened in that apartment but one thing is for sure: Even if the guy himself pulled the trigger, it wasn't due to his own volition.

    Nov 22nd, 2018 - 03:55 pm +2
  • golfcronie

    Argentine lawmakers at their very best, does nothing work in Argentina,not even the workforce?

    Nov 21st, 2018 - 10:39 am 0
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