Argentine President Cristina Kirchner
Argentine President Cristina Kirchner Reuters

Argentine prosecutors said Wednesday they have appealed a judge's decision to dismiss their case against President Cristina Kirchner for allegedly protecting Iranian officials accused of orchestrating a lethal 1994 bombing on a Jewish center.

Prosecutors are seeking to relaunch the case against Kirchner that was being brought by their late colleague Alberto Nisman, who died mysteriously on January 18 after accusing the president of shielding high-ranking Iranians suspected of ordering the deadly bombing at a Buenos Aires Jewish center.

Nisman had previously proven the links between Iranian officials to the Iran-proxy Hezbollah terrorists who carried out the attack at the Argentine Jewish Mutual Association, which killed 85 people and wounded 300.

His mysterious death by a gunshot to the head launched an investigation and raised many suspicions, with many suspecting Kirchner may have been involved in trying to avoid standing trial for her alleged involvement.

The president has claimed the prosecutor was manipulated by disgruntled former intelligence agents who then killed him to smear her. She has clashed with the intelligence establishment, sacking the top officials at Argentina's Intelligence Secretariat (SI) and introducing legislation to disband it.

The bill passed the Chamber of Deputies by a vote of 131 to 71, clearing its final hurdle in a congress where Kirchner enjoys a solid majority. It dissolves the SI and replaces it with a body called the Federal Intelligence Agency.

AFP contributed to this report