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Menem Says Son’s Death a Homicide

March 11, 1998

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) _ Argentina’s president asked a judge investigating his son’s fatal helicopter crash to declare the death a homicide Wednesday, following reports that bullet holes were found in the wreckage.

President Carlos Menem’s lawyer said the request ``is almost the same″ as one made Tuesday by Zulema Yoma, his former wife. Yoma has publicly claimed her son was murdered.

Argentine newspapers quoted unidentified judicial sources Tuesday as saying at least two bullet holes, possibly from large caliber weapons, had been found on the helicopter.

The newspapers said it was unclear whether the holes had been made before or after the March 15, 1995, crash that killed 26-year-old Carlos Menem Jr. and a friend, race driver Silvio Oltra.

Until now, the president had accepted an air force investigation that ruled the helicopter, piloted by young Menem, crashed after accidentally colliding with power lines.

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