B’nai B’rith International President Charles O. Kaufman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:
The acquittal in an Argentine federal court of a defendant in the 1994 terror bombing of the AMIA building in Buenos Aires is a disgraceful miscarriage of justice.
Carlos Telleldin stood accused of preparing the explosives used in the car bombing of the Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) building, which killed 85 people and wounded more than 300. The attack is widely acknowledged to be the work of Iranian operatives in Argentina, with the assistance of local Argentines.
The court only provided this explanation of its work: “to acquit Carlos Alberto Telleldin for the facts that he was accused.”
This outrageous ruling sends the message that this terror attack on the heart of the Jewish community in Latin America is acceptable. It has been 26 years and still no one has ever been brought to justice for the terror attack.
We fully support the appeal planned by the AMIA and DAIA groups.
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