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Switzerland extradites suspect in Argentine bomb attack

Demonstrators in Buenos Aires commemorate those killed in the 1994 bombing.

(Keystone / AP Photo / Daniel Muzio)

Switzerland has extradited to Argentina a Brazilian man who is wanted in connection with the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires.

The Swiss justice ministry said that Wilson Robert Dos Santos, who is charged with giving false information at an inquiry into the bomb attack, left Zurich airport on Friday night accompanied by Argentinian officers.

Dos Santos was detained at Zurich airport in March on an international arrest warrant.

Switzerland granted the extradition request on September 21, five months after it was filed, following assurances from Argentine authorities that the procedure would conform with international human rights norms.

Dos Santos fought the extradition case in Switzerland's federal court, but his appeal was rejected on December 8.

The 1994 terrorist attack on the Argentine Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) left 86 people dead and hundreds injured.

According to Swiss newspaper reports, Dos Santos informed the Argentine consulate in Milan, Italy, about the attack a few days before it happened.

swissinfo with agencies

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