Prosecutor asks court to reopen Nisman complaint against former president

Marcy Oster

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — A federal prosecutor has asked an Argentine court to reopen the complaint filed by the late special prosecutor Alberto Nisman charging that former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner covered up Iran’s role in the 1994 AMIA Jewish center bombing.

Federal prosecutor Raul Plee filed a request on Monday to reopen the case with the Federal Criminal Cassation Court.

On Monday, just after the new government voided the Argentinean pact with Iran to jointly investigate the AMIA attack, Plee requested that the court confirm the unconstitutionality of the pact with Iran, taking into account that the government withdrew the case, but also asked the justices to analyze new information collected during the trial about the unconstitutionality of the memorandum with Iran with the objective of reviving the late AMIA prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s theory that the pact was a tool to cover up the Iranian role in the 1994 AMIA bombing.

According the state run news agency Telam, Plee wrote in his request that, during hearings about the unconstitutionality of the pact, the Foreign Ministry presented “secret and confidential” documents that could be considered useful to reactivate Nisman’s accusation against the former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner her former foreign minister Hector Timerman and others.

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The prosecutor asked that the “secret and confidential” files be sent to prosecutor Gerardo Pollicita and to the judge Daniel Rafecas. Pollicita was the prosecutor who took over Nisman’s accusation after his death and presented it to the court in February.   Rafecas is the judge that dismissed Nisman’s accusation saying that it could not be sustained by the evidence collected.

Also Monday, during a ceremony in which he officially took office, the new president of the DAIA Jewish political umbrella, Ariel Cohen Sabban, said that the circumstances surrounding Nisman’s death “should be clarified. We demand a full clarification of this crime, which is surrounded by doubts and unanswered suspicions,” he said in his first speech as DAIA president.

Cohen Sabban is the first Orthodox Jew to head the Argentine Jewish political umbrella in its 80-year history.

Nisman was found dead on Jan. 16, hours before he was to present his allegations to Congress against Kirchner, Timerman and others.

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