Hector Timerman, Argentine ex-minister probed for deal with Iran, dies at 65
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Hector Timerman, Argentine ex-minister probed for deal with Iran, dies at 65

Journalist and human rights activist passes away in Buenos Aires following a battle with cancer

Héctor Timerman

Source: Wikimedia Commons. Author: Casa Rosada (Argentina Presidency of the Nation)
Héctor Timerman Source: Wikimedia Commons. Author: Casa Rosada (Argentina Presidency of the Nation)

Argentinian journalist, human rights activist, politician and diplomat Hector Timerman has died.

Timerman died on Sunday at his home in Buenos Aires at the age of 65 after a battle with cancer.

Timerman was foreign minister in January 2013 when Argentina and Iran signed an agreement to form an independent commission to investigate the 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish community centre.

Timerman later was named with Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s 300-page complaint claiming a cover-up of Iran’s role in the bombing, which killed 85. Nisman was found shot dead four days after filing the complaint.

The agreement is under investigation by the Argentinian justice department.

At 23, he worked as editor in chief of a newspaper owned by his father, Jacobo, who was kidnapped in 1977 by the military dictatorship that ruled the country and released in 1979.

Shortly after his father’s arrest, Hector Timerman joined the struggle for human rights and was granted political asylum by the U.S. In New York, he helped found Human Rights Watch and continued to work for his father’s release.

He earned a degree in international relations from Columbia University.

After the 2003 elections he became a supporter of then-new president Nestor Kirchner who named him consul to New York in 2004, and ambassador to the United States in 2007.  He became foreign minister in 2010.

In April 2015, he resigned his membership in the Buenos Aires AMIA Jewish centre, saying   that if was due to the “obstructionist actions” the institution made against the deal with Iran to investigate the attack.

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