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Prosecutor dismisses case against Argentine president

The case against President Cristina Fernandez regarding an alleged 1994 bombing investigation cover-up has likely reached the end of the line. "There has been no crime," an Argentine prosecutor said Monday.

An Argentine prosecutor on Monday dismissed a case against President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner that she had sought to sabotage an inquiry into the bombing of a Jewish community center in 1994.

"There has been no crime," prosecutor Javier De Luca told news agency Reuters after issuing his decision. The case against Fernandez had already been rejected by two lower courts.

Argentina's top appeals court had assigned De Luca to the case. The prosecutor said his decision was "equivalent to a definitive sentence," and is likely to mark the end of proceedings against the president.

Prosecutor Alberto Nisman initially leveled the allegations against Fernandez, whom he had accused of trying to cover up allegations that Iran was involved in the truck bombing of the AMIA Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires in 1994.

The bombing killed 85 people and is the country's worst terrorist attack.

Fernandez denies Nisman's allegations

Nisman was found dead in his apartment on January 18 with a bullet wound to the head, one day before he was scheduled to testify about his allegations to the Argentine parliament.

His death prompted mass protests and conspiracy theories involving President Fernandez. In February, hundreds of thousands of people protested in Buenos Aires to demand justice.

Fernandez has strongly denied Nisman's allegations and Iran has denied any involvement in the bombing.

Nisman's death remains unsolved, and investigators say they are viewing the case as a possible homicide or suicide.

bw/cmk (Reuters, AP)

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