Buenos Aires, Argentina ( Associated Press) — The appearance of a senior Iranian official as Nicaragua’s president has angered Argentina, which has alleged that the officer was involved in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people. were killed.
Argentina’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday that the presence of Iranian vice president of economic affairs Mohsin Rezai at the Nicaraguan ceremony on Monday in the Argentine capital was “a disgrace to Argentine justice and to the victims of the brutal terrorist attack”.
Rezai, a former leader of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, is wanted by Argentina on Interpol “red notice” because of the attack. He and the Iranian government deny organizing it.
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has been sworn in for the fourth time in a row after election rigging and on a day marked by United States and European Union sanctions against members of his government.
Iran is also subject to US sanctions over its nuclear program and other issues.
The Argentine government came under criticism from the country’s protests because the Argentine ambassador, Daniel Capitanich, attended the inauguration of a president believed to have trampled on human rights – and, moreover, being at the same event with Rezai. because of.
The Argentine government was not only “partners with dictators and human rights violators in our region”, but also acting as an “accomplice” of the alleged organizer of the 1994 attack in Buenos Aires, Fulvio Pompeo, the opposition’s secretary of international relations. Said Pro Party.
Rezai is among several Iranians wanted by Argentina in the bombings. Argentine prosecutors allege that senior Iranian officials assigned the Lebanese-based terrorist group Hezbollah to execute it.