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By Iran News Update Staff
On Friday 18 July, the people of Argentina commemorated the twentieth
anniversary of the bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires, in which 85
people were killed and 300 others wounded. To date, the perpetrators of the
blast have never been brought to trial. Commemoration of the victims of this
accident was held on Friday with the sounding of sirens and a reading of the
names of the victims, scheduled at the same time that the explosion took
place in 1994 at the Jewish Argentine Israelite Mutual Association, or AMIA
The approximately 300,000 person Argentine Jewish community is the largest
in Latin America and sixth largest in the world. The government officials
have long held the Iranian regime responsible for directing the bombing and
the Hezbollah militia for carrying it out,
In 2011, the Argentinian government welcomed the Iranian regime's
announcement that it would cooperate with the investigation of this
terrorist attack. But in that same year the Argentine federal judge in
charge of the case urged Iran to follow through on this commitment by
actually arresting the Iranian AMIA bombing suspects and handing them over
to Buenos Aires, instead of just issuing empty statements.
Last year, soon after Hassan Rouhani's victory in the presidential election,
the Washington Times reported that Rouhani had been a member of the Iranian
government's special team involved in the Buenos Aires Jewish center
bombing. Quoting an Iranian security official who fled Iran in 1990, the
newspaper added that at the time of the explosion, Hassan Rouhani had been
active as a member of the committee on terror as well as the Secretary of
Iran's National Security Council.
Hashemi Rafsanjani, the Iranian regime's president at the time, and his
minister of intelligence Ali Falahian and foreign affairs minister Ali Akbar
Velayati, as well as Mohsen Rezaei, former commander of the Iranian
Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), and Ahmad Vahidi, former commander of the
terrorist Qods Force, along with several officials of the Iranian regime
embassy in Buenos Aires have been implicated in the bombing over the years.



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