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Argentine president accused of 'covering up' Iran's role in Buenos Aires deadly attack

Thursday, January 15th 2015 - 05:32 UTC
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Prosecutor Nisman is seeking to question Fernandez and Timerman, under oath in connection with the car-bomb blast outside the HQ of the AMIA organization. Prosecutor Nisman is seeking to question Fernandez and Timerman, under oath in connection with the car-bomb blast outside the HQ of the AMIA organization.
Many in the Argentine Jewish community believe the AMIA bombing was ordered by Iran and carried out by Tehran's Hezbollah allies. Many in the Argentine Jewish community believe the AMIA bombing was ordered by Iran and carried out by Tehran's Hezbollah allies.
Accusations against the president and an other people are based on telephone conversations intercepts about efforts “to erase Iran from the AMIA case” Accusations against the president and an other people are based on telephone conversations intercepts about efforts “to erase Iran from the AMIA case”

An Argentine federal special prosecutor on Wednesday accused President Cristina Fernandez of seeking to cover up the involvement of Iran in a 1994 terrorist attack on a Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires that claimed 85 lives and 300 injured.

 Prosecutor Alberto Nisman is seeking to question Fernandez and Foreign Minister Hector Timerman - himself a member of Argentina's Jewish community - under oath in connection with the car-bomb blast outside the headquarters of the AMIA organization.

The accusations against the president and a half-dozen other people are based on intercepts of telephone conversations about efforts "to erase Iran from the AMIA case," Nisman's office said in a statement.

Those efforts began in 2011, when Fernandez's administration decided "to re-establish full trading relations" with Iran in pursuit of a grain-for-oil deal to ease energy shortages in Argentina, the prosecutor said.

Many in the Argentine Jewish community believe the AMIA bombing was ordered by Iran and carried out by Tehran's Hezbollah allies.

Both the Iranian government and the Lebanese militia group deny any involvement and some in Argentina have pointed out that the accusation relies largely on information provided by the CIA and Israel's Mossad spy agency, both with an interest in blackening the reputation of Tehran.

To the indignation of many, both in Argentina and abroad, prosecutors have yet to secure a single conviction in the case.

In September 2004, 22 people accused in the bombing were acquitted after a process plagued with delays, irregularities and tales of witnesses' being paid for their testimony.

The attack against the AMIA building was the second terrorist strike against Jewish targets in Argentina. In March 1992, a car bomb was detonated in front of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, killing 29 people and wounding more than 100 others.

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  • Britworker

    So the Argentine government is corrupt, are some people only just learning this?

    Jan 15th, 2015 - 09:08 am 0
  • golfcronie

    20 years since the bombing, christ, justice is seen in Argentina to be served very quickly.( NOT ) It is always about tit for tat in Argentina, he accuses CFK and cohorts and a whole lot of Kircherites come out of the woodwork and deny it. Always agree with the government line otherwise you are out of a job. What does that say about Argentina? That they are too weak to speak their mind, no wonder it is going down the tubes.

    Jan 15th, 2015 - 10:57 am 0
  • brasherboot

    Israel supplied arms to Argentina during the Falklands war.

    I wonder if they think it so clever now?

    So and reap come to mind

    Jan 15th, 2015 - 11:17 am 0
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