Buenos Aires, Argentina
Cristina Fernandez first twit reaction to 'Iran plot' claim; Nisman to Congress
Saturday, January 17th 2015 - 09:20 UTC
Argentine President Cristina Fernández made her first public statement since
AMIA special prosecutor Alberto Nisman accused her of allegedly covering up
Iran's role in the 1994 attack that left 85 dead and 300 injured. Nisman is
scheduled to visit congress next week invited by opposition lawmakers to
reveal further details of the alleged plot.
"AMIA: once again, (there is) no justice nor truth," President Cristina
Fernández wrote in her Twitter account.
Timerman this time quoting a letter from former Interpol chief, again calls
special prosecutor Nisman a 'liar'
Kirchnerite lawmaker Diana Conti said members of the block will attend the
"informal" meeting with Nisman, and warned the reunion must be "public."
"AMIA: once again, (there is) no justice nor truth," Fernández wrote in her
The usually verbose president though resorted to the power of images to make
her point, sharing a photograph showing her with former late president
Néstor Kirchner and other officials during a rally to demand answers in the
AMIA case, allegedly in 2007.
The president also shared the press release issued on Thursday by the
Foreign Ministry led by Hector Timerman, who has also been accused by Nisman
as part of the plot.
On Friday Timerman redoubled his defense by reading an email by INTERPOL's
former head Ronald Noble, that assured Argentina maintained its policy over
the red note alerts over the years.
Timerman emphasized the Argentine government did not request the cancelation
of INTERPOL's red notices against several Iranian suspects of the AMIA
bombing, and rejected Nisman's version that argued doing so.
According to the document, "the governments remain committed with keeping
the red notices".
The minister concluded by saying that "this [E-mail] proves that Nisman's
accusation were a lie", as he insisted in calling the prosecutor "a liar" as
he done the day before.
Meanwhile opposition leaders insisted special prosecutor Nisman's
accusations were serious and called for the government to address the issue.
An informal meeting with Nisman called by the opposition has been scheduled
for next week when allegedly he will disclose further information on the
Iran 'cover up' case.
However ruling Victory Front (FpV) party lawmaker Diana Conti told reporters
that the bloc's members will attend the "informal" meeting, and warned the
reunion must be "public."
"Lawmaker (Patricia) Bullrich sent an e-mail informing (about the meeting)
and requested a Congress room to make the meeting. It is no formal reunion,
it is something that can be done," the lawmaker said in statements to a
"It is an informal call on behalf of Bullrich but the FpV decided to
attend," she confirmed as she warned Kirchnerite lawmakers will seek to
make Nisman "answer face to face what we are going to question him about,"
so that it is made "clear" before the public opinion "what is going on" with
"The FpV decided that it will attend the meeting. We will hear him (Alberto
Nisman) and make him certain questions so that the lie is exposed before the
public opinion," Diana Conti warned.
On Wednesday, opposition lawmakers of the PRO party Patricia Bullrich and
Laura Alonso called the attorney for a private meeting next week for Nisman
to provide further details on the investigation that was released this week
in which he accuses President Cristina Fernández and top government
officials of "covering up" Iran's alleged involvement in the AMIA attack
that claimed 85 lives back in 1994.
But Conti demanded next week's meeting to be public.
"The meeting cannot be held behind closed doors. She (Bullrich) can hold a
private meeting with the prosecutor in her house, in her office. She is
asking for a room in Congress to have the meeting, so it must be public,"
the MP warned as she considered Nisman's report "makes no heads or tails."
"(President) Cristina always had clear and firm positions in the search of
truth. We link Nisman's action with the modification of the Criminal
Meanwhile as was reported on Thursday Federal Judge María Romilda Servini de
Cubría, who is replacing Federal Judge Ariel Lijo during the court holidays
refused to start investigating Nisman's complaint during the judicial
"This is not one of the cases judges have to analyze during the judicial
recess - despite its seriousness - as the prosecutor has not provided the
evidence to back up his request," Servini de Cubría stated in her
Servini de Cubría said it has to be Judge Lijo, who is in charge of probing
those who covered up the attack, that has to decide if Nisman's complaint
can be examined as part of the same case.
Lijo will be on holiday until February 2. He was the judge who indicted
Vice-President Amado Boudou for his role in the controversial Ciccone mint
company case in June. Lijo, a magistrate appointed during the Kirchner era,
however is also accused to be heading an onslaught against government
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