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Buenos Aires - Former President Of Argentina Charged with Obstructing 1994 Bomb Probe

Published on: October 1, 2009 04:35 PM
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Buenos Aires - Former president Carlos Menem was charged Thursday with obstructing a probe into the 1994 bombing of a building housing Jewish charities in Argentina that killed 85 people.

Some 300 people were also wounded in the attack that leveled the seven-floor Argentine Jewish Mutual Association (AMIA) building in Buenos Aires. No one has ever been convicted for the bombing.

Federal Judge Ariel Lijo charged Menem, 79, in his investigation of irregularities that took place during the first government inquiry into the July 9, 1994 bombing.

Lijo also charged the ex-president’s brother Munir Menem, the former head of intelligence services Hugo Anzorregui and retired judge Juan Jose Galeano, who was in charge of the investigation for 10 years but separated from the case in 2004.

In 2005, then-president Nestor Kirchner for the first time acknowledged “the responsibility of the state” in mishandling the bombing probe.

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Argentine prosecutors allege Iran masterminded the bombing in Buenos Aires and entrusted the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah to execute it.

In November 2006, Argentine prosecutors issued arrest warrants against several Iranians, including Ahmad Vahidi, the current Iranian minister of defense.

The bombing was the worst terrorist attack in Argentina, which has the largest Jewish community in the Americas outside the United States, and the second large-scale anti-Jewish strike in Buenos Aires that decade.

In 1992, the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires was leveled in a bombing that killed 22 people and wounded 200. Realted article: Help sought from Lebanon, Colombia

Menem, a two-term president (1989-1999) from the ruling Peronist party, was once wildly popular, and his fondness for fast cars and women half his age and almost twice his height amused rather than angered Argentines.

But his popularity faded as corruption scandals emerged, his tough free-market policies alienated his electorate and the economy deteriorated.

Menem also faces charges in a separate case involving his role in a scheme to smuggle weapons to Croatia and Ecuador while both countries were involved in wars in the 1990s.


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 Oct 01, 2009 at 05:35 PM Nothing is just a coincidence Says:

Right after that on march 15 1995, his son (26 years old) was killed in a helicopter accident on taanis Esther, right before Purim.
Nothing is just a coincidence.

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 05:25 PM Askupeh Says:

What else is new? The moral of the story is that some are eventually exposed and others are not, but many a Jew hater is in power in this dangerous world, including in our own back yard.

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 05:23 PM Anonymous Says:

burn in hell menem you killed my uncle

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 07:47 PM Anonymous Says:

I still remember the sound of that bomb just blocks away from my house, terrifying!
Menem is an Arab Jew hater!

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 07:16 PM Anonymous Says:

A lot of Argintis have German ancestry I womder if he also has some that might explain alot

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 10:03 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

A lot of Argintis have German ancestry I womder if he also has some that might explain alot

he is the grandson of a sunni moslem arab from syria. v'dal.

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 Oct 02, 2009 at 08:19 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

A lot of Argintis have German ancestry I womder if he also has some that might explain alot

A "lot of Argentinians" do not have German ancestry. Many german nazis were allowed to escape to Argentina after WWII.

Mennen was a Muslim who converted to catholicism just to be able to be Argentina's president. His wife never converted.

I believe it is important to get one's facts right before making statements.

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 Oct 02, 2009 at 08:47 AM Morris Says:

His years in public life have been characterised by scandal and controversy, especially this one that he covered up (Iran) for money,
its good to see that someone is after him after all these years.

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