Argentina slams prosecutor who accused president in bombing

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Posted: Jan 15, 2015 5:23 PM
Argentina slams prosecutor who accused president in bombing

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's government is calling a leading prosecutor a liar for accusing President Cristina Fernandez of secretly negotiating with Iran to avoid punishing those responsible for the country's worst terrorist attack.

Prosecutor Alberto Nisman on Wednesday asked a judge to call Fernandez and Foreign Minister Hector Timerman in for questioning about the 1994 bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association in Buenos Aires.

On Thursday, Timerman called the prosecutor's accusations "despicable." He said in a statement that Fernandez has made great strides toward solving the bombing that killed 85 people.

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In 2013, Nisman released an indictment accusing Iran and Hezbollah of organizing the blast. Iran denied the charge.

Argentina and Iran later reached an agreement to investigate the attack.

A judge must now decide whether anyone should be summoned.