Last AMIA victim identified 22 years later

Twenty-two years after the bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, the 85th victim of the AMIA terrorist bombing has finally been identified.

Augusto Daniel Jesús, then 20 years old, was enrolled in a nursing course at AMIA. He was named yesterday as the final victim of the bombing that destroyed the AMIA’s headquarters in Buenos Aires on July 18, 1994. With this new development, the hypothesis that the unidentified corpse belonged to a suicide bomber has now been dismissed.

Prosecutors based their announcement on a forensic results provided by the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF). This was done by using DNA collected from Jésus’ mother and comparing it with the unidentified corpse, who turned out to be her son. The forensic specialists were able to determine with 99.999 percent certainty that the DNA extracted from the mother and son matched.

The search for Jesus’s body had begun in 2002 after his identity papers were discovered under the debris of the AMIA building.

After learning the news, representatives for the family members of those killed in the atrocity expressed their outrage over how long the process had taken.

“(That) no-one has cared at all about the AMIA investigation is clear, it’s absolutely embarrassing what happened, that after so many years this comes to light,” Memoria Activa (“Active Memory”) founder Diana Wassner de Malamud said.

Argentina has accused Hezbollah of carrying out the attack at the direction of Iran. No arrests have been made, and the investigation has been plagued with charges of incompetence and corruption.

Immediately after taking office last year, Argentine President Mauricio Macri canceled the controversial memorandum of understanding between Argentina and Iran agreed to under Kirchner to jointly investigate the bombing.