Former Argentine president cleared of meddling in bomb case

An Argentine court has absolved former President Carlos Menem of charges he tried to interfere with the investigation into the country's deadliest terrorist incident — the bombing of a Jewish center in 1994 that killed 85 people.

Thursday's ruling follows years of accusations that Menem and other officials tried to divert attention away from a Syrian businessman who was a family friend.

Menem was president from 1989 to 1999 and is now 88 years old. Even if convicted, likely would have avoided prison due to his legal protections as a senator.

Nobody has yet been convicted of the bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association, though Argentine prosecutors blame several former Iranian officials of responsiblility for the attack.