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Saturday, March 07, 2009

Former Jewish Center bombing investigator abducted

A former investigator of the bombing of the Jewish Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina was abducted on Friday night.
The Argentinean daily Clarin reported Saturday that Claudio Lifschitz, a former investigator of the 1994 bombing of the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, claimed he was kidnapped and tortured by elements trying to coerce him into disclosing documents related to the case.


Lifschitz's attorney told the C5N television station that on Friday night, at around midnight, a passing car forced his client to pull over in Buenos Aires' Villa Devoto neighborhood. He was then whisked away by unknown assailants, the attorney said.

According to Lifschitz, the kidnappers covered his head with a garbage bag, and, using a blowtorch, tattooed the case file number on his arm and the letters A-M-I-A on his back.

"A van passed me by and hooded men stepped out of it," he recalled. "They forced me to climb into their vehicle, placed a garbage bag over my head and told me not to mess with SIDE (the Argentinean internal security service). They questioned me a number of times about tapes that tie Iran to the terror attack. They told me 'you can relax, we won't murder you. You'll live until we decide otherwise'."

After taking away his cell phone, the assailants released Lifschitz near the police academy building in the capital.
The AMIA Jewish Community Center was bombed in 1994 (pictured at top left), leaving 85 people dead. In March 2007, Interpol issued 'red notices' for five Iranians and a Lebanese national in connection with the case. The Lebanese national was Imad Mughniyah, who was liquidated in Damascus in February 2008.


At 3:35 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl - Imad Mugniyeh was NOT "murdered." I kindly ask the statement be corrected. An evil man met his just end and should not be placed in the same category as an innocent person who met an untimely end. You don't want to give your readers the impression Mughiyeh did nothing wrong, do you?

That kind of garbage can be run on Al Manar!

At 2:45 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


You're right. I should have said liquidated (which is the term I usually use for dead terrorists). I will correct it.


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