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Infographic: Main judicial cases linked to AMIA bombing

16th January 2020

By The Essential Staff

Infographic: Main judicial cases linked to AMIA bombing

The 1994 AMIA Jewish community center bombing remains unsolved after more than 25 years, and the failed and corrupt nature of the investigation has led to many other court cases linked to it, ranging from the probe against a judge offering bribes to suspects to the death of special prosecutor Alberto Nisman shortly after he filed a complaint against the country’s president. The summary below lists the main judicial cases tied to that of the bombing.

</p> <img class="wp-image-6885 aligncenter" src="https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/cases-300x193.jpg" alt="The main judicial cases linked to the 1994 AMIA-DAIA bombing" width="791" height="509" srcset="https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/cases-300x193.jpg 300w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/cases-1024x657.jpg 1024w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/cases-768x493.jpg 768w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/cases-1536x986.jpg 1536w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/cases-2048x1315.jpg 2048w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/cases-600x385.jpg 600w" sizes="(max-width: 791px) 100vw, 791px" /> <p>Often forgotten is the 1992 Israel Embassy bombing, two years before the attack against the AMIA and DAIA building. That probe was led by Argentina&#8217;s Supreme Court due to the special jurisdiction applied to crimes in embassies, but its investigation has still shown little to no results after almost three decades.</p> <p>The first investigation into the 1994 AMIA bombing ended in a scandal after Judge Juan José Galeano was caught on tape offering bribes to suspects. Galeano and others, including former president Carlos Menem, who was acquitted, ended up being the defendants in a parallel investigation focused on the cover up of the AMIA bombing, which reached sentencing stage last year.</p> <p>With Galeano and prosecutors Eamon Mullen and José Barbaccia under fire for the cover up, the AMIA bombing investigation ended up in the hands of Alberto Nisman, who had worked with the prosecutors for some years before they faced trial. Eventually, Nisman clashed with Cristina Fernández de Kirchner&#8217;s administration when her government signed a memorandum of understanding with Iran to deal with the AMIA investigation. While the Kirchnerite government argued this could help secure the questioning of Iranian officials accused by Nisman, the prosecutor said the memorandum was part of a cover up to protect them, and filed charges against the then-president on January 2015.</p> <p>That investigation is still open, awaiting its trial phase, while Nisman&#8217;s death shortly after his accusation also remains unresolved. Nisman and his family were then targeted for large sums of cash that they held in another separate case.</p> <p>

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