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Ex-Argentina President Faces Trial For Jewish Center Bombing Cover Up

(JTA) — Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will go to trial over accusations that she covered up the alleged involvement of senior Iranian officials in the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center.

Eleven other former government officials also will be tried on charges involving the cover-up and abuse of power, a federal judge ruled Monday.

No date has not been set for the trial, which reportedly will be public.

In December, the judge, Claudio Bonadio asked the Argentine Senate to strip Kirchner, who now serves as a senator, of her parliamentary immunity to clear the way for an arrest and trial. The Senate has not acted on the request, which prevents an arrest but not a trial, The Associated Press reported.

The attack on the AMIA center killed 85 and left hundreds wounded. Iran has denied any involvement. Kirchner signed a memorandum of understanding with Iran in 2013 to jointly investigate the attacks but her successor, Mauricio Macrii canceled it in December 2015 during his first week in office.

The decision to put Kirchner and the former government officials on trial dates back to the accusation made in 2015 by the late Alberto Nisman, the prosecutor charged with investigating Iran’s alleged role in the AMIA bombing. Nisman claimed that Kirchner had set up a “parallel communication channel” with Iran in order to avoid incriminating senior Iranian government officials in the bombing.

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