Argentine President Cristina Fernandez. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( A prosecutor investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires has accused Argentine President Cristina Fernandez of secretly negotiating with Iran to avoid punishments for those behind the attack.

The bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) in Buenos Aires killed 85 people and injured 300. Iran and Hezbollah have long been suspected of carrying out the attack. In 2013, Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who had been investigating the bombing after Iran and Argentina reached a widely criticized deal to establish a joint “truth commission” to investigate the attack, released an indictment blaming Iran and Hezbollah for the bombing.

On Wednesday, Nisman asked an Argentine judge to call in Fernandez as well as Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman for questioning.

“The president and her foreign minister took the criminal decision to fabricate Iran’s innocence to sate Argentina’s commercial, political and geopolitical interests,” Nisman said, The Associated Press reported.

Nisman told reporters that he believes the impunity of the Iranians involved in the attack was ordered by Timerman in exchange for securing closer ties with Iran for oil and weapons deals.

B’nai B’rith International said in a statement that it “hopes that because of Nisman’s courage in getting to the bottom of this apparent obfuscation and deception, not only will his fellow countrymen, but the rest of Latin America and the world open its eyes to the evils of Iranian regime and those caught in its web of terror.”

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