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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Argentine prosectuors want to arrest Rafsanjani

Argentine state prosecutors want to arrest former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani, and seven other people for the 1994 bombing of a Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires that killed scores of people.

The decision to attack the center "was undertaken in 1993 by the highest authorities of the then-government of Iran," prosecutor Alberto Nisman said at a news conference.

He said the actual attack was carrried out by Hezbullah.

The others whose arrests have been requested include several other former Iranian officials, including a former intelligence chief, Ali Fallahijan, and former Foreign Minister Ali Ar Velayati, two former commanders of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, two former Iranian diplomats and a former Hezbullah security chief for external affairs.

The bombing of the Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires, which was the worst terror attack ever in Argentina, killed 85 people and injured more than 200 when an explosive-laden vehicle was detonated near the building.

Iran's government has vehemently denied any involvement in the attack following repeated accusations by Jewish community and other leaders here.

The prosecutors suspect that Hezbullah undertook activities outside Lebanon only "under orders directly emanating from the regime in Tehran."

Federal Judge Rodolfo Canicoba Corral had no public comments following the news conference. The judge, under Argentine law, is allowed an indefinite amount of time to accept or reject the recommendations.

Hell will freeze over before Iran turns any of these people over to Argentina or to anyone else.


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