An Argentine judge dismissed the case against his country’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner for allegedly shielding Iranian officials from prosecution over the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center, judicial sources said Thursday.
Judge Daniel Rafecas said the documents filed by the late prosecutor Alberto Nisman failed to meet standards needed to open a formal court investigation.
“I dismiss the case because no crime was committed,” Rafecas said.
Prosecutors had sought to relaunch the case against Kirchner that was being brought by their late colleague Alberto Nisman, who died mysteriously last month after accusing Kirchner of protecting Iranians suspected of ordering the deadly bombing at the Argentine Jewish Mutual Association.
Nisman was found with a fatal gunshot wound to the head in his bathroom on January 18, four days after filing a report accusing Iran of ordering the attack via Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, and alleging that Kirchner was trying to shield Iranian officials from prosecution in exchange for oil.
Federal Prosecutor Gerardo Pollicita was expected to appeal the court’s ruling, the Buenos Aires Herald reported.
At the time of his death Nisman was investigating the long-unsolved bombing at the Argentine Jewish Mutual Association, or AMIA, which killed 85 people and wounded 300.
Since his death, initially labeled a suicide, suspicion has fallen on Kirchner’s government of orchestrating Nisman’s murder.
The president has suggested the prosecutor was manipulated by disgruntled former intelligence agents who then killed him to smear her.