Argentinian Congress approves agreement with Iran on probe
Argentina’s Congress approved the government’s plan to establish a truth finding committee in collaboration with Iran to probe into the 1994 bombing of the Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires.
On Thursday Argentina’s Congress passed the measure 131 to 113 and a similar sense of division was reflected in the last week’s performance of the measure in the Senate where it passed only 39 to 31.
On June 18, 1994, a bomb exploded in the AMIA Jewish centre in Buenos Aires killing 85 people.
Argentinian judiciary regards Iranian authorities as suspects in the case and has issued summons for several top officials to appear in court in Argentina.
The new Argentinian government has however taken a different direction accepting Iran’s proposal to collaborate in investigating the matter.
Iran claims that the truth of this case has been distorted by political concerns.
Opposition groups have however questioned the motives of President Cristina Fernandez’s government accusing her of putting commercial interests above justice.
However lawmaker Mara Brawer dismissed criticisms saying: “This memorandum represents a bold decision, a brave decision that opens a possible path toward the truth.”