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Argentine Prosecutor Appeals Ruling Dismissing Criminal Allegations Against President

Gerardo Pollicita appealed last month's ruling by a judge who dismissed the complaint, brought by a now-dead dead prosecutor, against President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. The complaint alleged that Fernández covered up Iran's role in the 1994 terror attack in Buenos Aires.

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Federal prosecutor Gerardo Pollicita appealed a judge's ruling in February exonerating Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of her alleged involvement in covering up Iran's role in the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center, Reuters reported.

Pollicita is investigating the accusations against Fernández based on the original complaint by prosecutor Alberto Nisman who was found shot dead in his home in January.

Report from Feb. 26:

An Argentine judge dismissed the criminal complaint against President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner brought by Alberto Nisman, the prosecutor whose mysterious death has sparked widespread protests and a criminal investigation in the country.

Nisman had accused the president of helping to cover up Iran's role in a 1994 terror attack at a Buenos Aires Jewish center that left 85 people dead. The federal prosecutor was found shot to death in his apartment in January hours before he was set to reveal details about his years-long investigation into the attack before a congressional committee.

The original criminal complaint brought by Nisman before his death was argued by another prosecutor before the court, The New York Times reported.

The judge, Daniel Rafecas, ruled that there was not enough to start a criminal investigation based on what was presented by Nisman.

Rafecas said that the allegations against the president of covering up Iran's role in the attack, and the "sluggish investigation" into the bombing aimed at giving the Iranians impunity, were unfounded, Argentine news website Infobae reported.

The judge said that after thoroughly analyzing the evidence against Fernandez, there was "no single element of evidence" that pointed to her role in the criminal act of covering up Iran's role in the bombing.

Rafecas also said that there was "no mention, not a single reference" of the Argentine chancellor, or anybody from the administration in the monitored telephone calls that were presented as evidence.

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