Argentine court: Bombing probe with Iran unconstitutional

The aftermath of the 1994 AMIA bombing in Buenos Aires (photo credit: Newspaper La Nación

BUENOS AIRES — An Argentine court Thursday declared unconstitutional an agreement with Iran to probe the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center, with a final decision left to the Supreme Court.

The government vowed to appeal. It holds that Tehran was behind the attack on the Argentine Jewish Charities Federation, or AMIA, that left 85 people dead and 300 others injured two decades ago.

“The ultimate interpreter of the constitution will be the Supreme Court,” said Justice Minister Julio Alak.

In early 2013, Argentina’s congress approved, at the request of the executive branch, an agreement with Tehran to form a truth commission to investigate the bombing.