Argentina clears Iran in bombing; criticises US and
BUNEOS AIRES, March 15 (AFP) - The Argentine Supreme Court plans to
issue a ruling that blames the militant Islamic Jihad movement for the
1992 car-bombing of the Israeli embassy here, court sources said Monday.
The draft ruling, which names the militant Islamic group, will also
revise the death toll from the attack downwards from 29 to 22, said the
sources who asked not to be named.
The court was also expected to criticise the United States and Israel
for failing fully to cooperate with the investigation, court spokesmen
In particular, the ruling will accuse the two countries of being slow
to respond to investigators' inquiries or not replying at all, court spokesmen
The judges will also clear the Iranian government of any role in the
1994 terrorist attack on the headquarters of the Argentine Jewish Mutual
Association (AMIA) which killed 86 and injured more than 200.
A lower court had earlier pinned responsibility for the bombing on Iran
, prompting Argentina to reduce its diplomatic representation in Tehran
to the level of trade emissaries.
Members of the Active Memory group, which includes family members of
the bombing victims, have accused the Supreme Court of negligence and mishandling
of the investigation.
"We accuse the judges ... of letting seven years lapse without
pursuing basic investigative procedures," said Carlos Suzcevich, a
spokesman for the group.
The group has also accused figures in the police, intelligence and security
forces of being anti-Semitic.
The Israeli ambassador to Argentina, Yitzhak Aviran, said he would make
a statement on the anniversary of the 1992 bombing on Wednesday.