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Argentina/Iran/Israel: Latin American Jews still don’t have justice 25 years after the AMIA massacre

July 15, 2019

AMIA

In any crime against a community, certain things must happen to provide some measure of healing and redemption.

But as we approach the 25th anniversary of the horrific bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, these necessary steps have not taken place.

Despite years of activity and rhetoric, justice has not been achieved for the victims, their families and Latin American Jewry — 85 people were killed and 300 injured. Argentines have not been brought together in solidarity with the Jewish community, and the government has not instilled a measure of confidence that such a devastating event will be prevented from ever happening again.

Because of this reality, a feeling exists all these years later that the terror is being relived constantly rather than being put behind them.

Early on, it became clear that Iran, through its terrorist proxy Hezbollah, was responsible for the bombing. Hezbollah had been active in the anarchic border among Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil known as the Triple Frontier.

Interpol made clear that it suspected high-level officials in the Iranian regime as being the masterminds of the plot. In 2007, red alerts were issued for former Foreign Minister Ahmad Vahidi and other Iranian officials. Disappointingly, Interpol did not issue similar alerts for former officials such as Ali Rafsanjani, Ali Akbar Velayati and Hadi Soleimanpour, the ex-ambassador to Argentina.

Meanwhile, different Argentine governments and judiciaries mismanaged or politicized the matter and never truly followed up to bring those responsible to justice.

The investigation reached a low during the presidency of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner between 2007 and 2013. A special prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, was appointed and, according to reports, he allegedly found Kirchner and other members of her government guilty of complicity with the Iranians to cover up the Iranian role in the bombing. The day before Nisman was scheduled to issue his findings, he was found dead in his apartment.

Kircher’s government quickly claimed it was a suicide, but it soon became apparent that Nisman had been murdered.

Latin American Jews still don’t have justice 25 years after the AMIA massacre

https://www.jpost.com/International/US-House-of-Representatives-pass-resolution-in-regards-to-AMIA-bombing-595836

https://www.timesofisrael.com/argentine-presidential-candidate-testifies-in-kirchner-iran-cover-up-case/

Argentina, Iran, and the Enduring Mystery Surrounding the Death of a Special Prosecutor

https://thehill.com/opinion/international/452469-its-time-to-hold-iran-accountable-for-terrorism-in-argentina

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https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Antisemitism/25-years-since-AMIA-resentment-resistance-resilience-596004

https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/americas/.premium-amia-argentina-jews-iran-hezbollah-terror-attack-25-years-after-1.7535121

https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/The-86th-victim-595882

https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/A-unique-monument-pays-tribute-to-the-victims-of-the-AMIA-bombing-595883

http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/house-passes-ted-deutchs-resolution-honoring-victims-hezbollahs-irans-terror-attack-argentina

https://www.timesofisrael.com/25-years-after-amia-bombing-israeli-argentinian-envoys-still-hope-for-justice/

https://en.mercopress.com/2019/07/18/a-unique-monument-pays-tribute-to-the-victims-of-the-amia-bombing

https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/patrick-goodenough/25-later-prominent-iranians-wanted-deadly-bombing-still-walk-free

http://www.thejewishstar.com/stories/amia-insult-injury-and-argentinas-election,18124

The Men Responsible for the AMIA Bombing Are Known—and Still at Large

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Nisman

http://elmed.io/matanza-de-la-amia-25-anos-de-impunidad/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.france24.com/es/20190711-fernandez-declara-juicio-pacto-argentina-iran (ESPANOL)

https://www.infobae.com/politica/2019/07/10/chicanas-y-una-diferencia-con-cristina-kirchner-en-torno-a-la-denuncia-de-nisman-la-declaracion-de-alberto-fernandez-sobre-el-pacto-con-iran/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.lavoz.com.ar/politica/caso-nisman-unico-imputado-como-participe-del-crimen-diego-lagomarsino-trabaja-como-perito- (ESPANOL)

https://www.lanacion.com.ar/editoriales/hezbollah-y-el-terrorismo-nid2267464 (ESPANOL)

https://fr.timesofisrael.com/un-responsable-de-wahington-promet-daccroitre-la-pression-sur-liran/ (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Nisman (FRANCAIS)

Argentina/Israel/Iran: IRAN, ARGENTINA AND A 25-YEAR-OLD TERROR ATTACK

June 19, 2019

The AMIA terror attack on the social services hub of the Argentine Jewish community remains the largest terrorist attack in Latin America.

RESCUE WORKERS search for survivors and victims in the rubble left after a powerful car bomb destroy

Next month will mark the 25th anniversary of the bombing of the AMIA building in Buenos Aires, which took the lives of 85 people and injured more than 300. The attack on the social services hub of the Argentine Jewish community remains the largest terrorist attack in Latin America. Memorial services marking a quarter century since the attack will begin this month.

To this day, justice has not been served to the victims and their families.

For three years in the wake of the attack, the judge heading the inquiry produced 22 arrests – mostly Buenos Aires provincial policemen – and a trial that, in the end, amounted to nothing more than a diversionary wild goose chase. A representative of our organization attended every day of the nearly three-year trial.

But the stench of a cover-up hovered over those proceedings. Not-guilty verdicts were handed down for those brought to trial, and the judge was later impeached for attempting to bribe a witness to give testimony incriminating police officers and for his general mishandling of the case. He was summarily removed from his post.

But what did come out of early scrutiny of the attack was the unmistakable hand of the Iranian regime. At first, it was studied speculation, but by 2006, two prosecutors in the case officially put the finger on Tehran. Operatives connected to the Iranian embassy in Buenos Aires were identified, but at that point, they all had made their way out of the country.

The case was turned over to two new prosecutors, Alberto Nisman and Marcelo Martínez Burgos, who in 2007 brought the matter to Interpol. They had requested that “red notices,” or arrest warrants, be issued to nine suspects, including former Iranian president Ali Rafsanjani, former Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati and former Iranian ambassador to Argentina Hadi Soleimanpour. Interpol’s executive committee let those three officials off the hook, choosing instead to issue notices for the other six suspects.

Years passed, but Nisman, now working alone, pressed ahead. In 2015, he was ready to release evidence that a deal had been negotiated at the highest levels of the two governments, which would see Tehran deliver oil to Argentina in exchange for food, weapons and a pledge to convince Interpol to drop the red notices on the terrorist suspects.

On the eve of this information being shared in the Argentine Congress, Nisman was found dead, from what the authorities called a suicide. Doubt immediately surfaced, given the nature of the charges Nisman was about to bring. Subsequently, the mysterious circumstances of Nisman’s death have become clarified, and evidence points to him having been murdered.

https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Iran-Argentina-and-a-25-year-old-terror-attack-593057

https://en.mercopress.com/2019/06/15/argentina-hosts-regional-summit-on-hezbollah-ahead-of-the-25th-anniversary-of-the-amia-bombing

https://www.jns.org/bipartisan-resolution-introduced-in-house-to-mark-amia-bombing/

https://www.batimes.com.ar/news/argentina/argentine-embassy-in-uk-commemorates-amia-bombing-ahead-of-25th-anniversary.phtml

https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/sir-alan-duncan-failure-to-catch-amia-bombing-killers-intensified-suffering/

Argentine Foreign Minister Reiterates Justice Call for Victims of 1994 AMIA Jewish Center Bombing

https://www.timesofisrael.com/un-marks-25th-anniversary-of-bombing-of-amia-jewish-center-in-buenos-aires/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Nisman

https://www.lanacion.com.ar/politica/investigaran-a-echegaray-por-las-filmaciones-de-alberto-nisman-dias-antes-de-su-muerte-nid2258198 (ESPANOL)

https://www.perfil.com/noticias/politica/investigan-ricardo-echegaray-videos-alberto-nisman-ezeiza.phtml (ESPANOL)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Nisman (FRANCAIS)

Argentina/Iran/Israel: Buenos Aires Jewish Center Bombing, 25 Years (and No Convictions) Later

March 6, 2019

At 9:53 a.m. on July 18, 1994, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a suicide bomber in a Renault van detonated more than 600 pounds of explosives near the entrance to AMIA (Argentine Israelite Mutual Association in English), a five-story center that has, for generations, provided and sponsored a variety of crucial services for the largest Jewish community in Latin America. 

The terrorist killed himself and 85 people who were in or near the Jewish center and injured hundreds. In the nearly 25 years since, there have been trials, accusations, public demonstrations, private lawsuits, volumes of testimony, videotaped bribery, at least one suspicious death and countless articles about Argentine malfeasance and the suspected involvement of Iranian, Hezbollah and Hamas officials. To date, no one has been convicted. 

“Justice” and “impunity” were key words in a symposium about the incident, held on Feb. 21 at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. The event, “25 Years After Argentina’s AMIA Bombing: Justice vs. Impunity,” featured American and Argentine speakers, mostly attorneys, many of whom have been personally involved in unsuccessful attempts to fully learn the facts and hold the perpetrators and their allies responsible, whether in Iran, Lebanon, Syria or Argentina. 

The first half of the symposium took place in a large classroom. Around 50 people attended. Each presentation was followed by critiques from experts and questions from the audience. One of the presenters was Gastón Chillier, an Argentine attorney and human rights activist, who spoke from Buenos Aires via Skype. He summed up the current state of the investigation, saying, “As of this day, Argentines do not know what happened.” 

https://jewishjournal.com/news/los_angeles/community/294823/buenos-aires-jewish-center-bombing-25-years-and-no-convictions-later/

http://www.jwire.com.au/25-years-after-the-amia-bombing-justice-is-again-denied/

http://www.thetower.org/7272-in-argentina-five-convicted-ex-president-and-7-others-acquitted-for-obstructing-amia-probe/

https://www.euronews.com/2019/02/28/argentine-court-clears-ex-president-menem-in-jewish-bombing-cover-up-case

https://www.dw.com/en/ex-argentine-president-cleared-in-1994-jewish-center-bombing-cover-up/a-47734089

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/middle-east/hezbollah/former-argentine-president-acquitted-of-interference-in-amia-bombing-investigation/2019/03/01/

https://worldisraelnews.com/forensic-expert-who-declared-amia-investigators-death-not-a-suicide-found-dead/

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-47409716

http://www.israelhayom.com/2019/03/19/key-argentinian-pathologist-in-nisman-case-found-dead/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Nisman

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Alberto_Nisman

https://www.elciudadanoweb.com/el-periodista-pablo-duggan-presenta-su-libro-quien-mato-a-nisman/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.lanacion.com.ar/politica/la-corte-dejo-firme-prision-cristina-kirchner-nid2226329 (ESPANOL)

https://www.clarin.com/politica/amia-confirmaron-esteche-seguira-preso-juicio-oral_0_4-g7qicVV.html (ESPANOL)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Nisman (FRANCAIS)

https://www.juedische-allgemeine.de/juedische-welt/freispruch/ (DEUTSCH)

https://internacional.estadao.com.br/noticias/geral,perito-do-caso-nisman-e-encontrado-morto-em-buenos-aires,70002759728?utm_source=estadao%3Afacebook&utm_medium=link&fbclid=IwAR00MDHPk6EBSOBrT21Vy6nenOg2KjLVoObAkbU2UeK50mn6q2tyHtPQElk (PORTUGUES)

Argentina/Israel/Iran: Marking Fourth Anniversary of Alberto Nisman’s Murder, Israel Unveils Memorial to Argentine Prosecutor Who Sought Justice for Iran-Linked Bombing of Buenos Aires Jewish Center

January 18, 2019

Israeli and Jewish leaders on Friday marked the fourth anniversary of Argentine federal prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s murder by unveiling a memorial plaque in his honor at the Ben Shemen forest in central Israel.

Nisman’s body was discovered in the early morning of Jan. 19, 2015 — hours before he was due to unveil a complaint against the former government of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner over its alleged collusion with Iran in effectively exonerating the Islamic Republic of responsibility for the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires, in which 85 people were murdered and more than 300 wounded.

Nisman had been investigating the AMIA atrocity since 2005, with his efforts resulting in the global law enforcement agency Interpol issuing six “red notices”  in 2007 for the Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah operatives believed to have planned the attack.

Kirchner’s government falsely maintained that Nisman’s assassination was a suicide until an independent police investigation in May 2017 established beyond doubt that the prosecutor had been murdered. More recent efforts within Argentina to bring Kirchner — who is now a senator — to trial over both the alleged AMIA cover-up with Iran and Nisman’s murder have so far failed.

https://www.algemeiner.com/2019/01/18/marking-fourth-anniversary-of-alberto-nismans-murder-israel-unveils-memorial-to-argentine-prosecutor-who-sought-justice-for-iran-linked-bombing-of-buenos-aires-jewish-center/

https://argentinareports.com/four-years-on-fresh-calls-for-justice-for-alberto-nisman-and-the-amia-bombing/2322/

http://www.batimes.com.ar/news/argentina/four-years-later-the-nisman-murder-case-is-wide-open.phtml

http://www.batimes.com.ar/news/opinion-and-analysis/questioning-nisman-and-his-detractors.phtml

http://en.mercopress.com/2019/01/19/four-years-on-ex-prosecutor-nisman-s-death-remains-unsolved-as-the-amia-attack-from-1994

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/120533/iran-killed-argentine-prosecutor-nisman/

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/432511/The-truth-is-gradually-emerging

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/432608/The-gap-between-AMIA-and-DAIA

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Nisman

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Alberto_Nisman

https://www.clarin.com/politica/homenaje-alberto-nisman-israel-piden-aclarar-muerte-atentado-amia_0_f4qCOyU_o.html (ESPANOL)

https://radiomitre.cienradios.com/abogado-las-hijas-nisman-sostuvo-lagomarsino-estar-preso/ (ESPANOL)

http://ciberfogon.com.ar/un-ex-director-del-mossad-vinculo-a-iran-con-el-asesinato-de-alberto-nisman/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.diariodemocracia.com/nacionales/197360-homenajes-cuarto-aniversario-fallecimiento-fiscal-/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.enlacejudio.com/2019/01/18/israel-kkl-inaugura-monumento-en-memoria-del-fiscal-asesinado-alberto-nisman/ (ESPANOL)

https://elpais.com/internacional/2019/01/17/argentina/1547746280_821100.html?id_externo_rsoc=TW_CC (ESPANOL)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Nisman (FRANCAIS)

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Argentina/Israel/Iran: Jewish National Fund and KKL to Unveil Special Monument in Memory of Alberto Nisman

January 13, 2019

The KKL-JNF (Keren Kayemet L’Israel-Jewish National Fund) will inaugurate a monument in memory of Alberto Nisman, the Special Prosecutor murdered while investigating the 1994 car bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish Center by Hezbollah terrorists.

Among those attending the ceremony will be: Knesset Chairman, MK Yuli Edelstein, Argentinean Ambassador to Israel, H.E. Mr. Mariano Caucino, KKL-JNF World Chairman, Mr. Daniel Atar, KKL-JNF Vice Chairman, Mr. Hernán Felman, and AMIA President, Mr. Agustin Igdal Zbar

On the fourth anniversary of his tragic death, Keren Kayemet L’Israel-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF; http://www.kkl-jnf.org/) will unveil the monument built in Alberto Nisman’s honor in a formal ceremony with officials from both Israel and Argentina.

The ceremony will take place on Friday, January 18th, 2019, at 10:00 at the Israel-Argentina Friendship Forest, Ben Shemen Forest (http://www.kkl-jnf.org/tourism-and-recreation/forests-and-parks/ben-shemen-forest.aspx).

Alberto Nisman was the leading prosecutor in charge of the investigation into the terrorist attack on the AMIA (Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina) Jewish community center in Buenos Aires in 1994 which claimed the lives of 85 people,  and he accused the Argentinian authorities of having covered up Iran’s involvement in it.

In 2015, just hours before he was due to testify before the Argentinian Congress, he was found dead at his home. Although the mystery of his death has never been solved, the presumption is that he was shot in the head in the course of a murderous assault that was disguised to look like suicide.

“He felt a personal, not just a professional responsibility to defend the Jewish People,” said Judge Sandra Arroyo Salgado, Nisman’s former partner. “He gave his life in the quest for justice for the victims of terrorism.”

http://thejewishvoice.com/2019/01/13/jewish-national-fund-and-kkl-to-unveil-special-monument-in-memory-of-alberto-nisman/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/06/argentinian-lawyer-alberto-nisman-was-murdered-police-report-finds

http://batimes.com.ar/news/argentina/what-really-happened-before-nismans-death-a-timeline.phtml

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Nisman

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Alberto_Nisman

https://www.infobae.com/sociedad/2019/01/13/este-viernes-inauguraran-un-monumento-en-homenaje-al-fiscal-alberto-nisman-en-israel/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.perfil.com/noticias/politica/el-gobierno-israeli-asegura-que-nisman-fue-asesinado-por-su-investigacion.phtml (ESPANOL)

https://www.rosario3.com/noticias/Por-que-Pablo-Duggan-dice-que-el-homicidio-de-Nisman-es-una-falsa-noticia–20190115-0021.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.clarin.com/politica/departamento-murio-nisman-venta-encuentran-comprador_0_fYBrXLkRK.html (ESPANOL)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Nisman (FRANCAIS)

Argentina/Israel/Iran: ALBERTO NISMAN FUE ASESINADO, SEGÚN DICTAMINÓ EL FISCAL SÁENZ

21/12/18

Para el fiscal de Cámara, Nisman “ha sido víctima del delito de homicidio”. Y pidió que la causa pase al fuero federal.

 

El fiscal Ricardo Sáenz dictaminó hoy que Alberto Nisman fue “víctima del delito de homicidio”.Además, el fiscal general de la Cámara del Crimen pidió que la investigación de su muerte pase a al fuero federal.

Para Sáenz, “el objeto procesal de esta causa hasta el momento, lo constituye la hipótesis de que Alberto Nisman ha sido víctima del delito de homicidio”.

Saénz presentó su dictamen en la Sala VI de la Cámara del Crimen, integrada por los jueces Marcelo Lucini, Mario Filozof y Rodolfo Pociello Argerich,

Si la Cámara avala el cambio en su audiencia del próximo 18 de marzo, la causa pasará a los tribunales de Comodoro Py,

 

https://www.adelantado.com.ar/alberto-nisman-fue-asesinado-segun-dictamino-el-fiscal-saenz/

https://www.minutouno.com/notas/357670-el-fiscal-moldes-pidio-que-prosiga-investigacion-contra-la-presidenta-la-denuncia-nisman-definira-la-sala-i-la-camara-federal

https://www.urgente24.com/284209-la-sangre-de-la-tablada-mancha-a-nisman

http://www.fmimpacto107.com.ar/?p=86192

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-46639187 (ENGLISH)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/06/argentinian-lawyer-alberto-nisman-was-murdered-police-report-finds (ENGLISH)

https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/americas/wife-of-argentinian-prosecutor-withdraws-from-suit-into-his-death-due-to-threats-1.6769522 (ENGLISH)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Nisman (ENGLISH)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Alberto_Nisman (ENGLISH)

https://www.nouvelobs.com/topnews/20181221.AFP0041/argentine-l-ex-presidente-kirchner-sera-bien-jugee-pour-un-vaste-systeme-de-corruption.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lanacion.com.ar/2205109-justicia-2018-el-ano-en-el-que-finalmente-hubo-avances-sustanciales-en-las-causas-de-corrupcion (PORTUGUES)

Argentina/Israel/Iran: Uno de los acusados en el caso que investiga la muerte de Alberto Nisman pidió su sobreseimiento

07/11/18

El fiscal Alberto Nisman

A tres años y nueve meses de la muerte del fiscal Alberto Nisman, uno de los policías que debía custodiarlo en las horas previas al deceso pidió ser sobreseído por prescripción, revelaron a Infobae fuentes judiciales. Se trata de Néstor Durán, integrante de la dupla de efectivos que debía cuidar al funcionario judicial el sábado 17 de enero de 2015 y el menos comprometido de los policías procesados en el expediente.

 

Fue, además, quien acompañó en el ascensor a Diego Lagomarsino, el técnico informático que está acusado de haber sido partícipe necesario en el supuesto homicidio del fiscal. Lagomarsino llevaba en su mochila una pistola Bersa calibre 22 que, según dijo, le había pedido el propio Nisman. Fue el arma que se activó para disparar el tiro en la sien que dio muerte al entonces titular de la UFI AMIA.

 

A diferencia de sus otros tres compañeros, Durán no está acusado del encubrimiento del crimen sino del incumplimiento de sus deberes como funcionario público. Ese delito tiene una pena máxima de dos años de prisión. Y, por eso, su defensa entendió que la acusación en su contra había quedado prescripta en enero de 2017, dos años después de la muerte del fiscal Nisman.

 

Sin embargo, el juez federal Julián Ercolini rechazó la petición de sobreseimiento por el paso del tiempo. Recordó que Durán fue funcionario público en la Policía Federal (en su rol de sargento) hasta diciembre de 2017 cuando Ercolini lo procesó y el Ministerio de Seguridad decidió desafectarlo. “Precisamente, la prescripción se interrumpe en casos de funcionarios públicos y por eso no correría esta solicitud”, resaltaron las fuentes a Infobae.

https://www.infobae.com/politica/2018/11/07/uno-de-los-acusados-en-el-caso-que-investiga-la-muerte-de-alberto-nisman-pidio-su-sobreseimiento/

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http://www.laciudadweb.com.ar/pablo-duggan-presenta-su-libro-quien-mato-a-nisman-en-ituzaing/

https://www.eldestapeweb.com/muerte-nisman-desmienten-que-haya-sido-inyectado-ketamina-n51976

https://argentinareports.com/arrest-connection-hezbollah/2064/ (ENGLISH)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-46639187 (ENGLISH)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Nisman (ENGLISH)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Alberto_Nisman (ENGLISH)