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Former Interpol chief offers to testify in CFK treason case

Robert Noble has described the claims that Interpol was considering lifting the red alerts against five Iranian AMIA bombing suspects as “false” and “misleading”.

Wednesday 20 December, 2017
The former head of Interpol Robert Noble is seen in a stock photo with former Foreign Affairs minister Héctor Timerman.
The former head of Interpol Robert Noble is seen in a stock photo with former Foreign Affairs minister Héctor Timerman. Foto:Cedoc/Perfil

Former general secretary of Interpol Ronald Noble has offered to testify as a witness in the treason case against ex-president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, former Foreign Affairs minister Héctor Timerman and other associates and allies of the Fernández de Kirchner administrations. They have been accused of seeking immunity for five Iranian suspects of the 1994 AMIA bombing in exchange for better trade deals with Iran.

“I’m willing to immediately visit the Argentine Embassy or Consul in the United Arab Emirates where I live,” Noble said in documentation obtained by Perfil. “I am not going to rely on any immunity that comes from my position as (former) secretary general of Interpol."

In the documents, he points to 10 references made in late prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s investigation into the AMIA bombing cover-up in which the former Interpol chief allegedly expressed his opposition to the lifting of Interpol red alerts against the five suspects, a position he and Héctor Timerman have upheld relentlessly.

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Nisman, the special prosecutor found dead in his Puerto Madero apartment in January 2015, alleged that the Fernández de Kirchner administration had negotiated the red alerts for better trade deals with Iran.

Following this line of investigation, Federal Judge Claudio Bonadio issued arrest warrants in early December against Fernández de Kirchner, Timerman and former government associates.

In a recent letter, dated December 4, 2017, the Iranian Foreign Ministry claimed publicly that it negotiated with Argentina over the lifting of the alerts.

Both countries “requested that Interpol put an end to the obligations of that institution in relation to the AMIA case”, the letter reads.

Responding to the claims, Timerman said via his lawyer “with total clarity that the agreement (referring to the 2013 MOI) did not affect the red alerts”.

Fernández de Kirchner has questioned the legitimacy of treason charge against her and described Bonadio's case and rulings as "a violation of the rule of law." Noble described accusations regarding the red alerts as “false” and “misleading” and took aim at the judge for not having contacted him for contribution to the case.

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