Last AMIA victim identified, 22 years later

The only unidentified fatality of the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center here named, 22 years after the attack.

Ben Ariel and JTA ,

Aftermath of 1994 AMIA bombing
Aftermath of 1994 AMIA bombing
Reuters

22 years later, the only unidentified fatality of the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center here has been named, JTA reported Thursday.

The man was identified as Augusto Daniel Jesus with more than 99.99 percent certainty based on an analysis of DNA taken from the body and from his mother, the Argentina government’s AMIA Special Investigating Unit said.

Jesus and his mother were among the 85 people killed and 300 were injured in the solo suicide bombing — most but not all of them Jews.

The DNA analysis was conducted by the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team and verified by the team along with the University of Buenos Aires, according to JTA.

Efforts to identify the body began in 2002 after Jesus’ identity card was discovered in the debris at the scene.

Some believed the body may have belonged to the suicide bomber, but the theory has now been discredited.

Jesus and his mother were attending a class at AMIA on caring for people with health problems when they were killed, according to relatives. He was 20 years old.

The news comes one day after a federal judge in Argentina agreed to transfer the case file of the late AMIA prosecutor Alberto Nisman to another judge who is presiding over a new investigation into the alleged Argentine government plan to whitewash Iran's role in the bombing.

The body of Nisman, who led the probe of the 1994 bombing which killed 85 people, was discovered in his apartment in January of 2015, with a gunshot wound to the head.

It has been revealed that Nisman had drafted arrest warrants for then President Cristina Kirchner and Foreign Minister Hector Timerman before he was found dead.

Argentine investigators accuse former Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati and four other Iranian former officials, including former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, of orchestrating the July 18, 1994 car bombing.

Iran denies involvement and has repeatedly rejected Argentine demands for the accused to testify.



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