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Iran condemns Interpol decision

Tehran, Nov 8, IRNA - Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad-Ali Hosseini condemned as an "unprincipled" act a recent decision by the Interpol on refusing to drop charges against a number of Iranians for their alleged involvement in a 1994 bombing in Argentina.

The body charged a number of Iranian nationals in its annual General Assembly with alleged involvement in explosions at two Jewish centers in Argentina, including the buildings of Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) in 1994, which left 85 dead and more than 250 others injured.

Making those decisions by the Interpol "does not mean that Argentina's claims over Iran's involvement in the bombings have been confirmed," Hosseini said.

However, he added that Tehran expected "the expert body not to tarnish its professional and legal status internationally by accepting the political will of the Zionists and certain hegemonic powers." Hosseini stressed that Argentina's judiciary "is under heavy pressure by the Zionist regime and the US."

"The fact that 40 members of the body's General Assembly had opposed its decision and that a report by its executive committee stressed that Argentina had failed to cooperate with Iran's judiciary system to investigate the case, all indicate that serious and enormous doubts exist over issuing the red notices against Iran," Hossein argued.

He added that pressuring an international body to use it as a tool for political intentions "is against the international and legal laws and completely unacceptable."

However, Hosseini stressed that Tehran will continue its cooperation with Argentina over the case "until the red notices are dropped and Iran would be compensated for the damages" inflicted on the country in this connection.

Iranian delegation rejects Interpol decision

Paris, Nov 8, IRNA - An Iranian delegation that had participated in the latest General Assembly of Interpol has rejected the body's decision to issue arrest warrant for five Iranian nationals over their alleged involvement in Argentina's 1994 bombings.

The delegation included a number of Iranian Interpol officials who said the decision would cause division among the international body's members and would tarnish its international status.

In its 76th annual General Assembly in Morocco, Interpol issued "red notices" against five Iranian nationals for their alleged involvement in explosions at two Jewish centers in Argentina, including the buildings of Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) in 1994.

The Iranian delegation noted that the AMIA case had become "politicized" and that certain states were trying "to put pressure on Iran" though Interpol at the international arena.

It called on members of the General Assembly to act wisely and do not let some biased countries tarnish the international body's status by raising political, religious or ethnic charges against certain members of Interpol.

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