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Argentine Jews mark anniversary of AMIA bombing: ’27 years without justice’

Mourners hold up pictures of people who died in the bombing of the AMIA Jewish center that killed 85 people on the 25th anniversary of the attack in Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Mourners hold up pictures of people who died in the bombing of the AMIA Jewish center that killed 85 people on the 25th anniversary of the attack in Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Families of the victims of the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires that left 85 dead and hundreds wounded renew their demands for justice as they mark the anniversary of the horror attack.

Argentina’s 300,000-strong Jewish community — the largest in South America — is angry that no one has ever been convicted over the bombing.

Today’s virtual event was organized by the Memoria Activa (active memory) association under the motto: “27 years without justice, full of memories.”

Argentina President Alberto Fernandez pays tribute to the family members who “remain strong in their demand for truth and justice.”

“In memory of every one of (the victims) and in honor of those that lost their loved ones, we must unite against impunity,” he writes on Twitter.

The bombing at the Argentine Jewish Mutual Association (AMIA), a community center in Buenos Aires, remains the deadliest terror strike in the country’s history.

The initial investigation was botched and tainted by allegations of corruption.

In 2006, prosecutor Alberto Nisman took over the investigation and soon accused then-president Cristina Kirchner — now Fernandez’s vice-president — of a cover-up.

He accused Iran of ordering the attack via the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, but his efforts to prosecute five Iranian officials, including former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, were cut short when Kirchner’s administration signed a deal with Iran to set up a Tehran-based joint commission to investigate the attacks.

But just before he was due to present his findings to Congress in January 2015, Nisman died at his home in mysterious circumstances.

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