Argentinean court cancels limitation on terror attack

Tuesday, December 26, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
The High Court of Argentina, the body charged with investigating the 1992 terror attack against the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, has published a decision which effectively cancels the statute of limitations on the attack.

During the attack 29 people were killed and 250 were injured. Among the victims were Israeli diplomats, children and clergy from a church located across the street, and other passersby.

The decision was made by seven judges in response to a father who lost his daughter in the attack. This decision has special meaning because it allows for the continuation of the investigation and bringing the terrorists responsible for the attack to justice.

According to the Argentinean law, a statute of limitations goes into effect after 15 years on all crimes except crimes against humanity. The appeal to cancel the limitation on this attack was initiated by the Israeli Embassy in Argentina, and on behalf of the victims’ families.

Officials in the Israeli Foreign Ministry say that this is another positive change regarding the Argentinean government’s attitude toward the investigation of the terror attacks after years of suspicions of intentional confusion and claims of obstruction of justice in the investigation.

In addition, the investigation of an additional major terror attack in Buenos Aires of the AMIA Jewish Community building in 1994 where 87 people were killed, and over 100 injured, has also taken a positive step when arrest warrants were issued for eight Iranian and Lebanese officials who were responsible for the attacks.

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