Jerusalem, Israel – Following an appeal from the Argentinean Attorney General, Interpol has now issued international extradition warrants for five senior Iranians and one senior Hezbollah operative. The charge was involvement in the suicide bombing attack of the Jewish community center building (AMIA) in Argentina in 1994. The six are suspected of involvement in the July 18, 1994 bombing of the Jewish Community Building (AMIA) in Argentina, which killed 85 individuals and wounded several hundred.
The six for whom the warrants were issued are:
A. Imad Moughnieh , Hassan Nasrallah’s military deputy and head of Hezbollah’s External Security Service. He is an internationally notorious terrorist who was responsible for many terrorist attacks against Western, Israeli and Jewish targets in Lebanon and in other countries, and is wanted by the United States .
B. Mohsen Rabbani, Iranian cultural attaché in Buenos Aires at the time of the attack.
C. Ahmad Reza Asghari (also known as Mohsen Randjbaran), third secretary of the Iranian embassy in Buenos Aires at the time of the attack.
D. Ahmad Vahidi, formerly commander of the Qods Force and today acting Iranian minister of defense.
E. Mohsen Rezai, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, formerly and currently secretary of the Expediency Discernment Council.
F. Ali Fallahijan, formerly Iran’s minister of intelligence and security, today advisor to Iranian leader Khamenei.
On Nov. 10, 2006, the Argentinean attorney general issued international arrest warrants for Iran’s former president, Ali Rafsanjani, and eight additional men who were involved in the bombing of the AMIA building, on the charge of crimes against humanity. Two weeks later, Argentina asked Interpol to issue warrants for the nine (eight of whom are Iranian). Interpol’s Executive Council reported that after weighing various written and oral testimonies presented in Argentina and Iran , it had decided to adopt the summation of the report prepared by Interpol’s legal department regarding issuing international arrest warrants for five Iranians and one Hezbollah operatives who had been involved in the attack.
These warrants went into effect on March 31, 2007.
Iran denies any involvement in the attack, and has criticized both the investigation conducted in Argentina and Interpol’s Executive Committee decision resulting from it. Iranian spokesmen have said that Interpol’s decision is unacceptable and that the issuing of warrants is a violation of Interpol’s constitution. Iranian sources described the decision as “a Zionist plot” intended to deflect international attention from the “crimes Israel commits against women and children in Palestine.” Nevertheless, Iran has not yet filed an official appeal with Interpol regarding the decision.
David Bedein can be reached at Media@actcom.co.il. His Web site is www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com.
©The Bulletin 2007