Pope Francis tells Alberto Nisman’s family that he prays for his memory

(JTA) – Pope Francis told the former wife of the late Argentine special prosecutor Alberto Nisman that he prays for Nisman’s memory and their two daughters.

Sandra Arroyo Salgado, a federal judge in Argentina, asked the pope during their brief audience Wednesday at a hall near the Vatican to “keep praying to find the truth” of Nisman’s still-mysterious death. Salgado told Argentine radio La Red that the meeting she and her daughters had with the pope was “touching and repairing.” [Read more…]

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Tributes to Alberto Nisman express hope that mystery of his death will be solved

People at a vigil on the first anniversary of Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s death in Buenos Aires, Jan. 18, 2016. . (Omer Musa Targal/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
People at a vigil on the first anniversary of Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s death in Buenos Aires, Jan. 18, 2016. . (Omer Musa Targal/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

People at a vigil on the first anniversary of Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s death in Buenos Aires, Jan. 18, 2016. . (Omer Musa Targal/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) – Two years  after  the  still mysterious  death  of  AMIA Jewish centre bombing  prosecutor  Alberto  Nisman  the  organizers  of   tributes  to  his  memory  appear hopeful that the circumstances of his death will be clarified.

Tributes were held both in Argentina and Israel on Wednesday. [Read more…]

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Death of AMIA prosecutor Alberto Nisman to be marked as investigation continues

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) – The late special prosecutor into the bombing of the AMIA Jewish centre, Alberto Nisman, will be remembered both in Argentina and Israel on the second anniversary of his still-mysterious death, as the investigation into whether it was a murder or suicide continues.

Federal prosecutor Eduardo Taiano, who is investigating the cause of death, reportedly is analyzing whether Nisman’s death occurred on Jan. 18, 2015, the night when the body was found, or the previous day. In that case Diego Lagomarsino, a colleague of Nisman who currently is under investigation for lending Nisman a gun on Jan. 17, could move more into the spotlight since he was in Nisman’s apartment twice that day. [Read more…]

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Argentine graduates’ Nazi salutes provokes brawl with Jewish pupils

(JTA) – Students attending a German-language school in Argentina were accused of offending Jewish counterparts at a resort while wearing fake Hitler mustaches and performing Nazi salutes.

The incident, which escalated into a brawl, occurred Wednesday at a night club at Bariloche, 800 miles southwest of Buenos Aires, according to Argentina’s National Institute Against Racism, Discrimination and Xenophobia. No one suffered serious injury during the confrontation. [Read more…]

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Israel offers security help as Argentina absorbs 3,000 Syrian refugees

(JTA) – Israel has offered to help with security issues in the absorption of 3,000 Syrian refugees in Argentina.

Five Israeli lawmakers on a mission to Argentina signed an agreement Friday with Argentine Vice-President Gabriel Michetti and Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra that stresses co-operation in the fight against terrorism along with the need to address the security needs of the country and its Jewish community.  [Read more…]

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Nisman files to aid new probe of Iran’s role in AMIA bombing

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – A federal judge in Argentina agreed to transfer the case file of the late AMIA prosecutor Alberto Nisman to another judge who is presiding over a new investigation into the alleged Argentine government plan to whitewash Iran’s role in the 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish centre.

Judge Daniel Rafecas will send the Nisman information to Judge Claudio Bonadio, who is looking into the country’s former foreign minister, Hector Timerman, who is Jewish, for his alleged role in the plan. Bonadio also is investigating ex-president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner for an alleged 2015 government securities fraud scheme. [Read more…]

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Fathers of AMIA bombing victims added as plaintiffs in Nisman investigation into Iran cover-up

85 people were killed, more than 300 injured, and the AMIA building was destroyed in a bombing, July 18, 1994, in Buenos Aries, Argentina.

85 people were killed, more than 300 injured, and the AMIA building was destroyed in a bombing, July 18, 1994, in Buenos Aries, Argentina.(Photo: Wikipedia)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – The fathers of two AMIA Jewish centre bombing victims have been named as plaintiffs in a case against former Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, which could reopen the investigation of the late prosecutor Alberto Nisman into a cover-up of Iran’s role in the 1994 bombing.

Nisman was found dead on Jan. 18, hours before he was to present his allegations of a secret deal to cover up Iranian officials’ alleged role in the AMIA bombing to Congress against Kirchner, former foreign minister Hector Timerman and their government. Whether Nisman’s shooting death in his own apartment was murder or self-inflicted has yet to be determined. [Read more…]

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Judge requests arrest of adviser to Khameni for AMIA Jewish centre bombing

Participants in a memorial ceremony on the 22nd anniversary of the AMIA Jewish Center bombing in Buenos Aires hold photos of some of the 85 victims on July 18, 2016. (Photo by Leonardo Kremenchuzky courtesy of AMIA)

Participants in a memorial ceremony on the 22nd anniversary of the AMIA Jewish Center bombing in Buenos Aires hold photos of some of the 85 victims on July 18, 2016. (Photo by Leonardo Kremenchuzky courtesy of AMIA)

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) – An Argentine federal judge investigating the 1994 AMIA Jewish centre bombing has requested that Singapore and Malaysia arrest a high-level Iranian adviser to the country’s supreme leader in connection with the attack.

Alí Akbar Velayati, who was foreign minister at the time of the terrorist attack and has been implicated in ordering the bombing, currently serves as an adviser on international affairs to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He is currently travelling in Southeast Asia to attend a regional summit.

Judge Rodolfo Canicoba Corral was notified on July 18, exactly 22 years after the bombing that killed 85 and injured hundreds that Velayati, who heads the Strategic Research Center of the Expediency, was travelling to Singapore and Malaysia. He made the request to arrest Velayati alongside already existing arrest orders.

Under existing Argentinian law, an accused person must have the opportunity to defend himself before a judge in order to reach a sentence. Since the accused Iranians, many from the upper political echelons, have not set foot on Argentine soil, it has been impossible to move the judicial process forward. On Sunday, the head of the AMIA Special Investigation Unit, Mario Cimadevilla, confirmed that he is preparing a law to allow trials in absentia, to be discussed soon in parliament.

Iranians have been on Interpol’s most wanted list since 2007 in connection with the bombing, including Moshen Rabbani who did not travel to Colombia two months ago after political pressure to prevent his official trip.

Velayati has denied his role in the bombing. In an interview in May with an Argentinean TV channel he professed his innocence.

“This is a baseless accusation, a falsehood, a lie,” he said during the interview. “Argentina is under the influence of Zionism and the United States,” he added.

When asked if he would be willing to appear before an Argentine court, Velayati, who ran for Iranian president in 2013, responded that there is no reason why an Iranian official should have to respond to another nation’s accusations

Iran also is believed to be behind the 1992 car bombing that destroyed the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, killing 29 and injuring 242.

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Argentine Jewish leaders call on government to make AMIA bombing a ‘national priority’

Participants in a memorial ceremony on the 22nd anniversary of the AMIA Jewish Center bombing in Buenos Aires hold photos of some of the 85 victims on July 18, 2016. (Photo by Leonardo Kremenchuzky courtesy of AMIA)
Participants in a memorial ceremony on the 22nd anniversary of the AMIA Jewish Center bombing in Buenos Aires hold photos of some of the 85 victims on July 18, 2016. (Photo by Leonardo Kremenchuzky courtesy of AMIA)

Participants in a memorial ceremony on the 22nd anniversary of the AMIA Jewish Center bombing in Buenos Aires hold photos of some of the 85 victims on July 18, 2016. (Photo by Leonardo Kremenchuzky courtesy of AMIA)

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) – Argentine Jewish leaders called on the country’s government to make the investigation of the AMIA Jewish centre bombing a “national priority,” at a ceremony commemorating the attack that killed 85 and injured hundreds.

Speakers at the ceremony Monday at the site of the rebuilt building also thanked the government for voiding the agreement with Iran to jointly investigate the 1994 bombing, which Iran has been accused of being behind. [Read more…]

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Global meeting against anti-Semitism meets in Buenos Aires

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – An increase in education, closer monitoring of the Internet and media, new legislation, and interfaith dialogue are needed to combat anti-Semitism, a global meeting against anti-Semitism was told in Buenos Aires.

Parliamentarians and 250 experts from 17 countries in the region came to the Argentine capital for the Global Forum for Combatting Anti-Semitism, a biennial gathering for assessing the state of anti-Semitism globally and formulating effective forms of societal and governmental response. [Read more…]

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