Argentina wants the United States to help it get to the bottom of a deadly 1994 bombing of a Jewish center at the heart of a current political scandal by including the crime in the US nuclear talks with Iran, its foreign minister said on Tuesday.
Argentine courts have accused a group of Iranians of planning the attack on the AMIA Jewish community center that killed 85 people.
The unresolved crime was the backdrop for the January 18 death of the prosecutor who headed the AMIA investigation, a mystery that has damaged confidence in Argentina’s justice system and thrown the government into turmoil.
Foreign Minister Hector Timerman released a letter to his US counterpart John Kerry in which he said Argentina had made the request before. “I am asking you again that the AMIA issue be included in the negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran,” it said.
Days before being found shot dead, Alberto Nisman had accused President Cristina Fernandez of conspiring with Iran to whitewash the crime in order to clinch a grains-for-oil deal.
The death shocked Argentina as election season approaches and the economy teeters on the brink of recession. Pressure is mounting on Fernandez to find a way out of the scandal in time to help allied candidates in the October general election.
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SOURCE: Ynet News, Reuters