Thursday, March 16, 2006

Iranian mischief in Argentina

The Bush Administration is urging Argentinian prosecutors to indict high ranking Iranian leaders in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires. The bombing killed 85 people and wounded more than 300. A trial of Agrentinian suspects resulted in aquittals. However, prosecutors have said they are determined to pursue indictments of Iranian and Hezbollah figures they believe were involved in the attack:

The Argentine case has a tortured history. In March 2003, Galeano issued an indictment against "elements of the Iranian leadership" and Tehran's proxy Lebanese militia, Hezbollah. He also issued warrants asking for the arrest of 12 Iranian officials, including former intelligence minister Ali Fallahian. After Galeano's probe into the bombers' local support network ended in acquittals, his successors vowed that the so-called international trial charging Tehran and Hezbollah for the bombing would go forward. No new official indictments have been issued, however.

Read it in the Forward.


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