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  • The 1994 AMIA bombing left 84 people dead, and devastated Argentina

    The 1994 AMIA bombing left 84 people dead, and devastated Argentina's Jewish community. | Photo: Reuters

Published 15 December 2015

Argentine authorities are seeking to relaunch an investigation into a case that left 84 people dead, and sparked a political controversy.

Argentina's state prosecutor called Monday for the reopening of an investigation into the 1994 AMIA Jewish center bombing.

The prosecution filed the request to the Federal Criminal Cassation Court just hours after the country's new, right-wing government abandoned a legal battle over the case.

The legal dispute stemmed from a joint investigation with Iranian authorities, which had been challenged in federal courts. The former government of Cristina Fernandez had appealed a court decision ruling the joint deal unconstitutional. That appeal has now been retracted by the new government.

The decades-old case has long been controversial in Argentina, but hit world headlines early this year, when a state prosecutor died under mysterious circumstances.

The prosecutor, Alberto Nisman had made accusations of a coverup in the country suppressing Iranian involvement, something Argentine President Cristina Fernandez called “absurd.”

ANALYSIS: The Death of Argentine Attorney Alberto Nisman

Furthermore, WikiLeaks cables have revealed a close relationship between Nisman and the U.S. and Israeli embassies.

The AMIA Jewish center was bombed in 1994 and killed 85 people. No suspects have been found responsible or tried in court over the incident.

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