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Fri Mar 11, 2016, 04:18 AM

Judge Declines to Reopen Case Against Ex-President Kirchner of Argentina

Judge Declines to Reopen Case Against Ex-President Kirchner of Argentina

By JONATHAN GILBERT
MARCH 11, 2016

BUENOS AIRES — A federal judge on Thursday refused to reopen a criminal complaint against former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner first brought by a prosecutor who died in mysterious circumstances last year, according to Télam, the state news agency.

Prosecutors thought they had new documents that warranted trying to revive the case against Mrs. Kirchner and her political supporters. The prosecutor who later died, Alberto Nisman, had accused Mrs. Kirchner and others of conspiring to derail his investigation into the 1994 fatal bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires. The complaint dissolved in Argentina’s courts.

Judge Daniel Rafecas said Thursday that the new documents presented were not sufficient to reverse his decision last year to dismiss the complaint, reiterating his determination that there was no evidence of a crime. The ruling can be appealed by Gerardo Pollicita, the prosecutor who sought to revive the case.

Mr. Nisman died of a gunshot to the head days after filing the original criminal complaint, but it has not been established whether it was a suicide or murder.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/11/world/americas/judge-declines-to-reopen-case-against-ex-president-kirchner-of-argentina.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

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