Iran condemns Argentine court ruling on AMIA probe
Iran has condemned an Argentinean federal court ruling that rejects an agreement between Tehran and Buenos Aires for a joint investigation into the 1994 AMIA bombing.
On January 27, 2013, Iran and Argentina signed a memorandum of understanding for the two countries to investigate the attack on the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association, also known as AMIA, building in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 people.
“The Iranian government believes that the memorandum of understanding was a proper solution and opportunity for discovering the fact regarding the AMIA tragedy and the settlement of differences in that respect, but the measure by the Argentinean court deprived both sides of that opportunity,” said Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham on Friday.
“Therefore, the Islamic Republic of Iran expresses regret and discontent over this decision,” she added.
On Thursday, the federal court rejected the 2013 agreement between Argentina and Iran to jointly probe the deadly attack on the Jewish community center.
Alberto Nisman, a prosecutor in the investigation of the AMIA explosion had argued in his appeal to the court that the 2013 agreement constituted an “undue interference of the executive branch in the exclusive sphere of the judiciary.”
The federal court ruled that the agreement was illegal, ordering the government not to go ahead with the case.
After the decision was announced, Argentina’s Foreign Minister Hector Timerman said the ruling was “a mistake” and that the government will take the case to Argentina’s Supreme Court of Justice.
Justice Minister Julio Alak also said a final decision was left to the Supreme Court.
Under intense political pressure imposed by the United States and the Israeli regime, Argentina accused Iran of having carried out the bombing.
Iran has categorically and consistently denied any involvement in the terrorist act.