Interpol Issues Red Notice for Arrest of Iran’s Interior Minister in AMIA Bombing Case

A red notice has been issued by Interpol for the arrest of Iran’s interior minister in relation to the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires that claimed 85 lives, as requested by the Argentine government.

While Ahmad Vahidi is traveling as a member of a presidential team that is visiting Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the foreign ministry made public their request on Tuesday.

One of the deadliest terrorist acts in Argentina, the bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA), is still unsolved, and both Argentina and Israel assume Hezbollah, an organization backed by Iran, was involved.

The Argentine government is stepping up its efforts to prosecute those responsible for the attack in light of recent court rulings that formally accused Iran and Hezbollah.

“Argentina demands the worldwide arrest of individuals who carried out the 1994 AMIA attack, which claimed 85 lives, and who are now at large with complete impunity. Among them is Ahmad Vahidi, who is being sought by Argentine justice for his involvement in the attack against AMIA, “the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Argentina has contacted the governments of Pakistan and Sri Lanka in addition to Interpol, pleading with them to hold Vahidi.

The foreign ministry released a statement emphasizing the need to bring those responsible for the AMIA bombing to account, calling it a “crime against humanity” and denouncing their prolonged impunity.

The court decision earlier this month also designated Iran as a “terrorist state” and linked Iran and Hezbollah to the 1992 bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, which claimed 29 lives.

Iran’s persistent denial of any involvement in the assaults has exacerbated the country’s already tense diplomatic ties with Argentina.

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