Ex-Argentina leader to face terror cover-up trial (JERUSALEM POST) By GIL SHEFLER 04/01/12)
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The former president of Argentina will stand trial for obstruction of
justice in the investigation of the 1994 bombing of a Jewish
community center that killed 85 people and left hundreds wounded.
Judge Ariel Lijo on Friday ruled that Carlos Menem, who was president
of the South American country between 1989 and 1999, and several
other former officials will be tried for allegedly protecting
accomplices of Hezbollah and its backer Iran, who are believed to
have been behind the attack.
According to state prosecution, the former president conspired with
former state intelligence head Hugo Anzorreguy, former police chief
Jorge Palacios, and others, to hide the involvement Syrian-Argentine
businessman Alberto Kanoore Edul in the attack.
To date nobody has been convicted of the 1994 bombing although
Argentina has issued arrest warrants for several Iranians including
Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi and former prime minister Akbar Hashemi
The 1994 bombing of the AMIA building came two years after a similar
attack on the Israeli embassy Buenos Aires that killed 29 people and
The Israeli embassy marked the 20th anniversary of the event earlier
this month in several ceremonies.
"Perhaps the failure to find those who planned the attack on the
embassy is what led to the second attack on the AMIA building,” Lea
Kovensky, who was wounded at the embassy, told The Jerusalem Post
earlier this month. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 04/01/12)
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