New Steps Weighed in Bomb Inquiry

The Argentine government has apparently decided to create a special police team to investigate the July 18, 1994, bombing of the Jewish community’s headquarters here that left 86 dead and 300 wounded.

In a secret meeting last week with Interior Minister Carlos Corach and high- ranking police and security officials, Ruben Beraja, the president of the Argentine Jewish umbrella organization DAIA, asked for “more resources for the investigation and the creation of a special police unit dedicated full-time to the case.”

Beraja later said that Corach accepted the idea.

The investigation into the bombing of the Argentine Mutual Aid Association, or AMIA, has stalled after 19 months of an investigation marked by false leads and dead ends.

During the past year, the official in charge of the investigation, Judge Juan Jose Galeano, dismissed four police officers from the case, citing a lack of results.

Beraja said this week, “After the frustrations of these past months, the creation of a police team under Judge Galeano’s orders would make a real difference.

“Without such a tool, I cannot see a way out of the problem.”

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