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Judge seeks removal of immunity, arrest of former president of Argentina

Judge seeks removal of immunity, arrest of former president of Argentina

Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner on Thursday denounced as political “persecution” a judge’s demand that she be arrested on suspicion of treason for allegedly covering up Iran’s purported role in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center here.

“This is an invented case about acts that don’t exist,” Fernandez, recently elected a senator, told reporters at the national Congress as allied lawmakers surrounded her. “What is unfolding is an absurdity,” charged Fernandez, who was president from 2007 to 2015.

Earlier Thursday, a federal judge had asked Argentina’s Senate to remove Fernandez’s immunity as a lawmaker so that she could be arrested on suspicion of...

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