Former magistrate Juan Jose Galeano (C) attends as defendant the first day of the trial on the 1994 AMIA bombing in Buenos Aires on August 6, 2015. AFP/ALEJANDRO PAGNI
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More than 21 years after a bomb ripped through a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, ex-President Carlos Menem, a former top judge and several other officials went on trial Thursday for allegedly derailing the investigation into the South American nation's worst terrorist attack.Menem, president between 1989 and 1999, was absent.The men on trial include two former prosecutors, a former top intelligence official, former police officers, a Jewish community leader and a mechanic who owned the truck carrying the explosives.Prosecutor Sabrina Namer is expected to argue that former Judge Juan Jose Galeano, on orders from Menem, stopped investigating a "Syrian trail" that involved Syrian-born Alberto Kanoore Edul.The case dragged on, then after three years a mistrial was declared on the grounds that the payment to Telleldin had influenced his testimony. The 19 people on trial, including Telleldin and the officers, were absolved. In 2004, Nisman was appointed lead prosecutor in the case by then-President Nestor Kirchner.
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