Wednesday, 24 September 2008
Buenos Aires urges Tehran to extradite former President Rafsanjani
"Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, the Argentine President, asked Iran to hand over for local trial former President Rafsanjani and several other citizens suspected of masterminding the bombing the AMIA Jewish centre in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people. "I would ask the Islamic Republic of Iran in accordance with international law ... accept that Argentine justice can put on trial ... those citizens who have been accused," she told the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Argentina wants of the former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani to be arrested along with seven other Iranians and a former Hezbollah guerrilla leader on accusations of planning the blast. Interpol has issued arrest orders for six of the suspects but the agency cannot force a county to make arrests. Iran on the other hand has continuously refuted taking part in the attack and puts the blame on the United States for framing the Islamic Republic. The attack on the AMIA occurred in 1994, and the bombing incident remains unsolved."