Argentinian politicians have passed a law aimed at providing financial compensation to the victims of the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish centre.
Spies, cover-ups and the mysterious death of an Argentinian prosecutor
The attack on the Argentine Jewish Mutual Association killed 85 and wounded 300, in the deadliest terrorist incident to hit the South American country.
The case came back into the spotlight earlier this year after a prosecutor appointed to reopen the investigation died mysteriously, in what his family says was an assassination.
The prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, had accused President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of shielding high-ranking Iranian officials from being implicated in the bombing, in exchange for oil and trade benefits from Tehran.
Remo Carlotto, who heads the country’s Human Rights Commission, said the compensation would be similar to that awarded to victims of Argentina’s 1976-1983 military dictatorship, and a 1992 attack on the Israeli embassy, in which 29 people died and 200 were injured.
Officials did not provide specifics but said the compensation would be in the form of a one-time benefit to the heirs of the 85 people killed, as well as to those who were wounded.
The bombing on 18 July 1994, in which a van loaded with explosives detonated in front of the Jewish centre, has still not been solved.
Since 2006, Argentinian courts have demanded the extradition of eight Iranians for the bombing, but Tehran denies involvement in the attack.