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November 14, 2013 2:52 pm

Prosecutor Challenges Iran-Argentina Investigation of Buenos Aires Jewish Center

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Eighty-five people were killed in the 1994 bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association in downtown Buenos Aires. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Eighty-five people were killed in the 1994 bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association in downtown Buenos Aires. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.orgA prosecuting attorney in Argentina requested that a judge declare an agreement with Iran to re-examine the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center unconstitutional.

Eighty-five people were killed and 300 were injured in the terrorist attack. The Argentine government believes that the terrorist group Hezbollah was responsible and had acted under the direction of Iran. Argentina since 2006 has been asking to extradite eight Iranians suspected of involvement in the attack, including Iran’s former cultural attache in Buenos Aires.

In February, the Argentine Congress approved an agreement with Iran to form a committee that will investigate the bombing composed of neither Argentine nor Iranian citizens. It also authorized an Argentine judge to travel to Iran to question suspects. Iran approved the deal in September.

The agreement was reached in the wake of accusations that the Iranian government had ordered the attack, and represents “undue interference of the executive branch in the exclusive sphere of the judiciary,” said the attorney general on the case, Alberto Nisman, according to France24.com.

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