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Iran rejects Argentina's request for extradition of terrorists

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Iran’s Foreign Ministry has rejected the request of the Argentinean president to cooperate with investigations and to extradite and hand over the two terrorists who bombed Buenos Aires in 1994, which left 85 people dead and 300 wounded.

"The statements of the Argentinean president are a distortion of the facts," said official Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi, adding, "Tehran has reiterated its condemnation and expressed its sympathy with the families of the victims since the bombing of the Argentine Jewish Center (AMIA).”

In an address to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, Argentinean President Mauricio Macri called on Iran to cooperate with the Argentinean authorities in the investigation of the attack, which he described as "the most brutal we have suffered on our soil," and to extradite those wanted.

Macri stressed his commitment to bringing the culprits to justice. "Our country will not stop its goal of investigating all those involved in the attack," he said.

The Argentinean president stressed the need to bring all "international criminal fugitives" to justice, saying that "our country will not abandon its goal of bringing all those involved in these attacks to the Argentinean courts to be tried and sentenced in the end."

He also urged all countries friendly to Argentina "to avoid hosting or harboring any of the accused who have received international arrest warrants."

Argentina has called on Russia to arrest Ali Akbar Velayati, adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, during his visit to Moscow for meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin last July, according to an international memo against him for ordering a terrorist attack on the AMIA in Buenos Aires on July 18, 1994, in which 85 people were killed and 300 wounded.

The bombing of the AMIA center was carried out by Ibrahim Hussein Berro, a member of the Iranian-backed Lebanese Hezbollah militia, who drove a truck filled with tons of ammonium nitrate and oil fuel into the building. The Argentinean judiciary is demanding the extradition of eight Iranian officials, including Ali Akbar Velayati, who was then foreign minister, and former Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi, to be tried on charges of involvement in orchestrating the bombings.

Other Iranian officials in the case are former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, former Intelligence Minister Ali Fallahijan, former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati, former Iranian Cultural Attaché to Argentina Mohsen Rabbani, and third secretary of the Iranian embassy in Buenos Aires, Ahmad Reza Ashgari, in addition to the former commander of internal security affairs in Hezbollah, Imad Moughnieh.
Last Modified: Sunday، 30 September 2018 12:50 AM
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