Sunday, June 26, 2022

i24news.com—Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman drafted an arrest warrant for President Cristina Kirchner which was recovered from the trash at the investigator’s apartment following his mysterious death last month, officials said last Tuesday. Prosecutor Viviana Fein—who on Monday denied the existence of the document—admitted the 26-page warrant for Kirchner’s arrest, dated June 14, 2014, was discovered after Nisman was found dead in his apartment. His death was staged as a suicide and took place on the eve of an appearance before Argentine lawmakers in which he was expected to accuse Kirchner of mounting a cover-up of the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center which left 85 people dead and 300 wounded.

In a criminal probe released four days before his death, Nisman alleged Kirchner and other officials had struck a deal with Iran aimed at shielding Tehran officials linked to the 1994 bombing in exchange for lucrative trade agreements. News of a possible arrest warrant being discovered was first reported by the Clarin newspaper on Sunday. Existence of the draft warrant was swiftly denied by Fein, who is investigating Nisman’s death, and cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich, who branded the report “rubbish” before theatrically tearing up a copy of the Clarin story before television camera crews.

However Fein was forced into an embarrassing U-turn on Tuesday, admitting that she had made an “honest mistake” by denying the warrant existed. “There was a misunderstanding, an unintentional mistake. There was no misconduct,” Fein said, denying that her investigation faced external pressure from “the government or anyone.”

Also on Tuesday, Argentine lawmakers debated Kirchner’s order to disband the country’s intelligence service. Kirchner has ordered the overhaul of the Intelligence Secretariat, known as the SI, and the creation of a new Federal Intelligence Agency that would have reduced wiretapping powers and would wield less influence on certain political cases. (with AFP)

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