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Argentine Prosecutors Advance in Fernandez Cover-Up Case

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Police investigators are seen through a plate glass window as they prepare to conduct forensic analysis in the apartment where prosecutor Laberto Nisman lived and was found dead almost a month ago, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Feb. 13, 2015.

Police investigators are seen through a plate glass window as they prepare to conduct forensic analysis in the apartment where prosecutor Laberto Nisman lived and was found dead almost a month ago, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Feb. 13, 2015.

An investigation into whether Argentina's president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, helped Iran cover up its alleged involvement in a 1994 bombing is going forward despite last month's death of the prosecutor pursuing the case.

Another state prosecutor, Gerardo Pollicita, reaffirmed the accusations against President Fernandez in a new document.

Members of the president's circle, meanwhile, characterized the move as an attempt to undermine democracy.

Argentina has been mired in scandal since prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead on January 18.

Nisman was discovered in his bathroom with a gunshot wound to the head, hours before he was scheduled to testify before the Argentine Congress about his allegations related to the bombing of the Jewish community center. Eighty-five people were killed.

Iran has denied any connection to the attack. Nisman, however, alleged that Fernandez's government helped orchestrate a bargain with Tehran: cash- strapped Argentina would get Iranian oil, Iran would get Argentine grain and meat and the bombing would remain unsolved.

Nisman's death was originally categorized as a suicide, but suspicions quickly swirled about whether he might have been murdered. Even as fingers pointed in the direction of her government, President Fernandez said she believed Nisman did not kill himself.

Investigators probing Nisman's death found a draft of an arrest warrant for Fernandez in a trash can at his apartment.

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