Tehran, Nov 13, IRNA - Iranian justice system on Tuesday summoned to court five Argentine nationals for orchestrating scenario to implicate Iran in the 1994 terrorist bombing of Argentine-Israel Mutual Association (AMIA).
The terrorist bombing of the Jewish center occurred on July 18, 1994. Suspects had been reported to have local connections among whom many members of the Buenos Aires Provincial Police.
Argentine former minister of the interior Carlos Corach, AMIA president Ruben Beraja, Argentine judge Juan Jose Galeano, prosecutor Eamon Mullen and Jose Barbaccia have been notified by Argentine justice system to attend the court of justice in Tehran to hear the charges against them.
Deputy Prosecutor General, Yadollah Alizadeh said that the five Argentine nationals are charged with making case against Iran and hiring individuals with anti-government affiliations to give testimony against Iran.
Alizadeh said that the five Argentine nationals should report to Tehran Justice Department.
Otherwise, he said Iran will demand international arrest warrant against them by the International Police (Interpol).
Iran's Deputy Prosecutor General Yadollah Alizadeh dismissed vote of International Police General Assembly accepting Argentine arrest warrant against five Iranian nationals as 'politically-motivated'.
He said that Interpol General Assembly votes over arrest warrant against Iranian nationals are political and is invalid as per Charter of the Interpol.
"Iran makes strong objection to the vote and does not accept it," Alizadeh said.
He said that Iran has already put forward a proposal to set up a joint commission comprised of representatives from Iran, Argentina and a neutral member state of Interpol to investigate the case of 1994 bombing of Argentine-Israel Mutual Association (AMIA).
"Tehran and Buenos Aires must accept findings of the joint commission." Alizadeh said that Iran expects Argentina to accept the proposal on setting up the joint commission which is the best solution to the dispute.
Asked about other option to deal with the arrest warrants, he said that the other option is that a third country's justice system to undertake investigation citing the example of former Iranian ambassador to Buenos Aires who stood trial in Britain and was cleared.
"The five Iranians may decide to stand trial in a third country.
Of course, it is an option."
Releasing a statement which was read to Majlis prior to the end of today's open session, some 208 out 270 Majlis representatives said that the decision was "political and lacked consensus."
"The political decision which was made without consensus with lowest votes was indicative of the existing rift and division among Interpol's members."
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 MPs stressed that the decision was made "under mounting pressures by US and the Zionists lobbies."
"Using Interpol as an instrument is condemned and regrettable," further read the statement.
Stressing that "any insult to Iranian nationals is an insult to the entire people of Iran," the MPs noted, "Such measures will have no result except adding to the Iranian nation's pessimism and hatred of international bodies which have been used by big arrogant powers."
Reiterating their support for the five Iranian nationals, the MPs urged Interpol "to overturn its unreasonable decision as soon as possible as it would be considered an action against the Iranian nation."
Being heavily influenced by Argentina's Zionist community, the country's judicial system refused to cooperate with its Iranian counterpart despite the fact that Tehran had repeatedly announced its readiness, from the very beginning, for establishment of a joint Iran-Argentina legal committee to find out the truth and track down perpetrators of the terrorist act.
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