After a trial lasting more than three years, the Oral Criminal Tribunal No. 2 confirmed today the existence of maneuvers to cover up the 1994 attack on the AMIA Jewish community center. At the start, it framed these acts as “grave human rights violations,” in line with the case before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights – brought by Memoria Activa in 1999.
What the victims’ relatives belonging to Memoria Activa had sustained for decades was ultimately proven in the judicial process: the maneuver to divert the investigation into the attack was decided by the executive branch, in complicity with the judicial officials who had the obligation to investigate what had occurred.
The court convicted Juan José Galeano, Hugo Anzorreguy, Carlos Telleldín, Ana María Boragni, Juan Carlos Anchezar and Carlos Castañeda. It also convicted former prosecutors Eamon Gabriel Mullen and José Carlos Barbaccia. During the trial, both of them had gotten support from Justice Minister Germán Garavano, in a bid to cover up those involved in the cover-up.
For years, the victims’ relatives have been fighting to obtain truth and justice, practically in solitude and with the leadership of the community against them. The main consequence of the cover-up that was proven today is that 25 years later, the family members of the 85 people killed in the attack and all of Argentine society still do not know the truth about what happened.