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Gov't expects AMIA local connection hint to be revealed

Cabinet Chief Aníbal Fernández hoped the AMIA cover-up trial that begins today allows finding a "hint on the local connection" that paved the way for Argentina's worst terrorist attack to take place 21 years ago.

"For once and for all, we need this to be cleared; it is a matter that has taken a long time. If not, it seems it was been left to be forgotten," the head of ministers said today during his daily contact with the press at the government house.

Former president Carlos Menem, ex-intelligence services head Hugo Anzorreguy, then police inspector Jorge Palacios and two deputies, will be sitting in the dock today, accused of covering up the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires City that killed 85 people, also facing abuse of authority and false consciousness charges.

Furthermore, the first judge to conduct the AMIA investigation, Juan José Galeano, who was ousted in 2005 for "improper performance" of his duties, will have to give account for a bribe of US$400,000 allegedly paid to lawyer Carlos Telleldín so that he incriminated Buenos Aires province police agents and covered the so called "Syria track," connecting Syrian business leaders that had close ties with the Menem family with the attack.

[Source: Buenos Aires Herald, Bs As, 06Aug15]

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