AMIA families demand removal of top cop


BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — Activists in Argentina are demanding the ouster of Buenos Aires’ police chief, who was alleged to have concealed evidence in the AMIA bombing.

Relatives of victims of the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center, which killed 85 and injured hundreds, joined political and human rights activists in collecting thousands of signatures Thursday evening in downtown Buenos Aires for a petition demanding the removal of Jorge "Fino" Palcios, who was just named to the job.

Palacios had been fired from another top police position because of allegations that he was involved in a kidnapping and repressive counter-demonstration tactics, and that he concealed evidence after the AMIA bombing. Argentine prosecutors blame Iranian and Hezbollah officials for the attack.

In an earlier, compromised investigation, allegations surfaced that local police were involved in the bombing’s planning and that their colleagues covered up for them.

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