La Nacion: The government says that it will “get to the bottom” of the AMIA case

4 January 2016

In the Government they are confident that there will be progress in the investigations into the AMIA bombing and the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman. This was said yesterday by Mario Cimadevilla, former Radical senator and the man appointed head of AMIA unit, the state secretariat that will be in charge of giving a new impetus to clarifying the facts.

“I think there has been a paradigm shift after the inauguration of President [Mauricio] Macri. We are ready to get to the bottom of these issues. I think that we, the state, will be able to provide some elements for clarification,” Cimadevilla said yesterday in an interview with FM Millenium radio.

The Radical said that in recent years the state has concealed those responsible for attacking the Jewish center in 1994. According to Cimadevilla, “everyone who has been involved with the investigation of the case” were “processed for covering up,” which reveals that “the State was far from investigating what was happening and was actually covering up the facts.”

Meanwhile, Cimadevilla questioned – when a few days remain until the first anniversary of the death of Nisman in suspicious circumstances – that no progress has been made with the investigation, let alone the truth being known about what happened to the prosecutor who denounced former President Cristina Kirchner for covering up the attack.

“The first anniversary is coming up and we don’t know the reasons for the death of Nisman, although it is almost certain that his death had to do with the investigation he was carrying out,” he said. He added: “We all have the same question: we don’t know if the death has been determined as Nisman himself committing suicide or if it really is a case of murder.”

The future official, however, highlighted the work of Judge Fabiana Palmaghini, because having removed prosecutor Viviana Fein from the case-who was in charge of the case from the first day, January 18 of last year– and ordering new evidentiary measures, the judge “intends to guide the investigation to get to the truth,” he said.

In addition, Cimadevilla welcomed the decision of the Government to drop the memorandum with Iran. “[The decision] will allow Argentine justice to recover its jurisdiction, which had been passed to a Truth Commission which Iran was also a part of, which would mean it would thereby stop being a country under investigation,” he said. He concluded: “It is a decision that will give a new impetus to the case.”

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