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Iran Denies AMIA Bomb Allegations
Argentine prosecutors seek arrest of former president Hashemi Rafsanjani
Antonio Jose Lopez Rengifo (proyecto)     Email Article  Print Article 
Published 2006-10-28 12:59 (KST)   
The AMIA (Argentine Israelite Mutual Association) Center was car-bombed 12 years ago, on July 18 1994. A van packed with explosives blew up in front of the AMIA Center, reducing the building to rubble, killing 85 people and injuring at least 151 others

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No one has ever been convicted of the attack, but it is alleged that the suicide bomber was Ibrahim Hussein Berro, a 21-year-old alleged member of Hezbollah. According to reports, Hezbollah say that he died fighting Israel in southern Lebanon.

The bombing was the most serious terror attack in Argentina's history, and it might be the largest single terror incident against Jews since World War II

It is thought that the building was bombed because Argentina suspended the transfer of nuclear technology to Iran.

On Oct. 25, prosecutors Alberto Nisman and Marcelo Martinez asked a judge to order the arrest of high-level Iranian officials in connection with the bombing.

The prosecutors allege that Iranian officials directed Hezbollah to carry out the bombing, and have demanded an international arrest warrant for Hashemi Rafsanjani, president of Iran from 1989 to 1997.

The prosecutors have also demanded warrants for former Iranian ministers Ali Akbar Velayati (foreign affairs) and Ali Fallahijan (information and security), two former Iranian diplomats, two former commanders of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and a former Hezbollah security chief.


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Relatives and friends of the victims called on Argentine President Nestor Kirchner to act quickly to bring the Iranians to trial.

Mr. Kirchner's cabinet chief, Alberto Fernandez, said that the courts would do all they could to find the ones responsible for the atrocity.

Local Jewish groups have frequently alleged that the bombing was carried out by Iranian-backed Islamic militants.

Iran and Hezbollah have both denied involvement in the bombing. Iran's foreign ministry described the allegations as "a Zionist plot."
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