Argentina asks Interpol to arrest Iran minister over 1994 Jewish centre bombing

    WORLD  24 April 2024 - 16:01

    Argentina has asked Interpol to arrest Iran's interior minister over the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people, the foreign ministry said on April 23.

    The Iranian minister, Ahmad Vahidi, is part of a delegation from Tehran currently visiting Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and Interpol has issued a red alert seeking his arrest at the request of Argentina, the ministry said in a statement, according to Asharq Al-Awsat.

    Argentina has also asked those two governments to arrest Vahidi, it added, according to Agence France Presse.

    On April 12, a court in Argentina placed blame on Iran for the 1994 attack against the AMIA Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires and for a bombing two years earlier against the Israeli embassy, which killed 29 people.

    The 1994 assault has never been claimed or solved, but Argentina and Israel have long suspected the Iran-backed group Hezbollah carried it out at Iran's request.

    Prosecutors have charged top Iranian officials with ordering the attack, though Tehran has denied any involvement.

    The court also implicated Hezbollah and called the attack against the AMIA -- the deadliest in Argentina's history -- a "crime against humanity."

    Tuesday's statement from the foreign ministry said: "Argentina seeks the international arrest of those responsible for the AMIA attack of 1994, which killed 85 people, and who remain in their positions with total impunity."

    "One of them is Ahmad Vahidi, sought by Argentine justice as one of those responsible for the attack against AMIA," said the statement, which was co-signed by the security ministry.

    Argentina has previously stated that Vahidi, a former senior member of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps, is one of the key masterminds of the AMIA bombing and sought his extradition.

     

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