Saturday, 31 March 2012

Argentina: Menem to stand trial over AMIA cover-up

An Argentine judge has ordered former president Carlos Menem to stand trial for perverting the course of justice in the investigation of the 1994 AMIA bombing. Former judge Juan Jose Galeano is also accused.

Menem was initially charged with concealing and tampering with evidence in 2009. According to news agency AFP,
Prosecutors now say there is evidence that Argentine state intelligence services and security forces covered up and erased tracks for local accomplices of the attackers during the Menem administration.
In particularly, he's said to have been involved in concealing the role of a Syrian businessman and family friend, Kanoore Edul (now deceased). Menem is currently a senator; he can stand trial, but if sentenced his fellow senators will have to impeach him before he can serve a sentence.

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