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article imageIran Defence Minister wanted by Interpol for massacre of Jews

By Michael Cosgrove     Aug 22, 2009 in Politics
Argentina has protested against the naming of Ahmad Vahidi as Iran’s new Defence Minister. Ahmad is the object of an Interpol search warrant for his alleged implication in an antisemite terrorist attack in Argentina which killed 85 people.
French daily Liberation reports that Vahidi has been on Interpol’s wanted list since 2007 for his presumed implication in the bombing attack on the AMIA, the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association, which was carried out in Buenos Aires in 1994, killing 85 Jewish people and wounding hundreds more. The attack remains the most deadly single bomb attack in Argentina's history.
Argentina has a Jewish community of 200,000, making it the largest Jewish community in South America.
A statement by the Argentinian Foreign Affairs Ministry qualified Vahidi’s appointment as “an affront to Argentinian justice and to the victims of the brutal terrorist attack against the AMIA.”
It went on to say that the Argentinian government “condemns in the most energetic manner” the choice of Vahidi, which is pending approval by the Iranian parliament, calling on Iran to “cooperate fully with the Argentinian justice authorities in order that those people accused of having participated in the attack be judged by competent justice tribunals.”
The Argentinian government alleges that Vahidi played “a key role in the decision-making and planning of the attack.”
Interpol launched search warrants in March 2007 for five leading Iranian political figures, including Vahidi, and a Lebanese national in connection with the attack.
Ian Kelly, an American State Department spokesman, declared yesterday that the designation of Vahidi as Iranian Defence Minister was “upsetting.”
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