BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Hector Timerman, a foreign minister in former President Cristina Fernandez’s government who played a key role in the disputed investigation into the deadly 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center, has died, his family said Sunday. He was 65.
Timerman’s brother, Javier, confirmed his death in a tweet, writing “I am going to miss you more than you can imagine.” He had been suffering from cancer.
Hector Timerman was Argentina’s top diplomat from 2010 to 2015. He was detained late last year and placed under house arrest, accused of taking part in a cover-up of Iran’s role in the bombing of Jewish Center in Buenos Aires, which left 85 people dead in Argentina’s worst terrorist attack.
Prosecutor Alberto Nisman, whose 2015 death remains unsolved, had contended that a 2013 agreement with Iran, which was portrayed as a joint attempt to solve the case, in reality ensured that the Iranians involved would never be prosecuted. A joint “truth commission” called for by the deal was approved by Argentina’s Congress but it was never formed because it was later ruled by local courts to be unconstitutional.
Timerman, who as a signatory to the agreement, and Fernandez both denied there was a cover-up.