Argentina bombing of Israeli embassy 311 (R).
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Contrary to a recent report, the investigations into the 1992 and 1994 bombings
of the Israeli Embassy and a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires have not
been stopped, a lawyer charged with handling the court case on behalf of the
government said Sunday.
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Prosecutor Alberto Nisman denied a report that
appeared in a local newspaper last week alleging that Argentina had been
offered, and perhaps accepted, a deal to “forget” the attacks that killed 116
people and wounded hundreds.
“It is absolutely preposterous, absurd,” Nisman told the Prensa Judia, a local
Jewish newspaper. “It’s been a long time since I’ve read such
The article run by the Prefil tabloid alleged that Tehran had
offered Argentina improved financial ties if it dropped the investigations into
the bombings, which are believed to have been carried out by Hezbollah and
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and which might directly implicate senior Iranian
According to the article, Iran had passed the offer to
Argentinean Foreign Minister Hector Timmerman when he met in Damascus with
Syrian President Bashar Assad, an ally of the Islamic Republic.
said that efforts to complete the investigations had continued without
“I’m convinced that the Argentine government thinks nothing of
[the report],” he said. “It is absolutely false...It’s crazy, it does
not have any logic.”
Nisman said the investigation, which is currently in
its 17th year, was progressing and that several breakthroughs were expected this
“We are moving steadily and incorporating new evidence that further
compromises former officials of the Iranian regime, a regime that continues to
protect and shelter those accused of terrorist action,” he said.
finding many links between the perpetrators of this and those who have just been
convicted by a jury for trying to bomb Kennedy Airport in New York in
and this has opened a new [source of information for] evidence
[for] the file,” he added. “I am convinced that this year we will record