Inquiry on 1994 Blast at Argentina Jewish Center Gets New Life

[New York Times] Alexei Barrionuevo - No one has been convicted for the July 18, 1994, bombing of the Argentine Jewish Mutual Aid Association in Buenos Aires in which 85 people died and more than 300 were injured. But in May, Argentina's Supreme Court validated much of the evidence of the initial investigation, which had previously been ruled inadmissible. Then last month, federal judge Rodolfo Canicoba Corral ordered the international capture of Samuel Salman El Reda, 43, a Colombian citizen whom prosecutors accused of helping coordinate the local Hizbullah cell that Argentine investigators said had carried out the bombing. Investigators believe that they have solved the case in principle, having accused the Iranian government of planning and financing the attack, and Hizbullah of executing those plans. In 2006, the prosecutor who took over the investigation in 2005, Alberto Nisman, formally accused several members of Iran's government of planning and financing the bombing, including former President Hashemi Rafsanjani. The 1994 bombing came two years after the Israeli Embassy was bombed, killing 29 people, a case that also remains unsolved.

2009-07-20 06:00:00

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