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Iran Will Let Argentina Question Suspects in Anti-Semitic Attack

May 20 2013 6:20PM

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has approved a deal with Argentina that clears the way for an investigation of an attack that killed 85 people at a Jewish cultural centre in Buenos Aires in 1994, an Iranian diplomat said Monday.

Ali Pakdaman, charge d'affaires at the Iranian Embassy in Argentina, told Argentine radio station Del Plata that the deal will not go through the Iranian Parliament as it already has gone through Congress in the South American country.

"There is no need for it to go to Parliament," Pakdaman said.

Foreign ministers Hector Timerman of Argentina and Ali Akbar Salehi signed the relevant memorandum of understanding on January 27 in Ethiopia, and the Argentine Congress ratified it in late February.

The deal provides for the creation of a "truth commission" and allows Argentine court officials to travel to Tehran to question Iranian suspects in the attack on the Jewish cultural centre AMIA in central Buenos Aires on July 18, 1994.

Argentine prosecutors suspect several past and present Iranian high officials, including current Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi, of having masterminded the attack.

Buenos Aires is home to a large Jewish population. In 1992, an attack on the Israeli Embassy in Argentina killed 29 people. The 1994 attack on the AMIA centre killed 85 and injured hundreds of others.

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Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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