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Ex-Argentine officials accused of blocking AMIA probe

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BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — Former Argentine officials accused of blocking the investigation into the AMIA bombing will testify before a federal judge.

Ex-president Carlos Menem is among seven ex-officials who are being called on to testify in the coming days by Ariel Lijo. Others among the seven former officials on Lijo’s list are intelligence service office head Hugo Anzorregui and the judge in charge of the case, Juan Jose Galeano.

Lijo is trying to find out if the officials backed away from the investigation of a Syrian path to the bombers of the Buenos Aires central Jewish institution.

"It is very important progress," said Alberto Nisman, the prosecutor in charge of the case.

The July 1994 bombing of the AMIA center killed 85 and wounded 300.

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