Iranians Wanted in Connection for AMIA Bombing Appointed Senior Governmental Roles

NEW YORK -
A sign reading in Spanish “Memory and Justice” and the names of those who died during the bombing of the AMIA Jewish center that killed 85 people is displayed outside the site of the attack on the 25th anniversary of the bombing in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, July 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Moshen Rezaei, who was appointed the vice president for economic affairs in Iran, is wanted by the International Criminal Police Organization in connection to 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Argentina, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Ahmad Vahidi, also wanted in connected for the attack, was named the Islamic Republic’s Interior Minister.

The two have been sought by Interpol since 2007. Both previously held senior roles with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, which the United States has designated as a terrorist organization.

The 1994 suicide van bombing of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA; Argentine Israelite Mutual Association) Jewish community center in Buenos Aires killed 85 Argentinians and injured hundreds in the worst terror attack in South America.

Long suspected, and amid allegations of cover-up, in 2006 it was confirmed by Argentinian prosecutors  that the bombing was planned and carried out by the Iranian government and Hezbollah.

In 2015, Jewish prosecutor Alberto Nisman died under mysterious circumstances that many believe was a murder, a day before he was scheduled to present evidence that then-President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner had hidden Iran’s involvement in the bombing in order to protect a trade agreement with Tehran.

“Iran’s cabinet is shaping up to be a ‘who’s who’ of men meant to serve jail time rather than serving the people of Iran,” said Toby Dershowitz, senior vice president for government relations and strategy at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Iran is clearly seeking to normalize mass murder and is testing the will of the international community.”

___

smarcus@hamodia.com