The prosecution of Iran for the bombing in Argentina

By Ted Belman

The investigation of the bombing of the Jewish Community Centre in Argentina went nowhere until Alberto Nisman was appointed to the case.

David Horovitz covers the amazing story in Exposing Iran’s ruthlessness

    [..] Three years ago, he was named to head a 40-strong team that essentially restarted the AMIA investigation from scratch. Today, the previous, skewed probe has been thoroughly discredited. Those who so signally failed to bring the culprits to justice – including judges and investigators – are themselves on trial or facing indictment. Nisman is collecting evidence which may lead to charges against the president, Carlos Menem, whose admirable foreign policy shift prompted the bombing but whose influence over the failed probe is suspect.

    And thanks to Nisman and his team, the world now knows exactly who is to blame for the death and devastation of July 18, 1994 – who it was that dispatched Ibrahim Berro on his murderous mission. Once investigators focused seriously and honestly on the trail of evidence, it led unwaveringly to Teheran.

    A family man who says he was most dismayed by the death threat he found recorded on his home answering machine one day because his daughter was standing next to him as he played it, Nisman insists that he won’t cease his work on the case until the perpetrators and orchestrators have been tried, convicted and jailed.

    Given that his list of defendants runs all the way up to a former Iranian president, the supposedly “reformist” and “moderate” Hashemi Rafsanjani, that might take some time. Though defeated by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a bid for another presidential term in 2005, Rafsanjani holds immense power in today’s Teheran, as the chairman of the Assembly of Experts that elects Iran’s supreme leader.

    But while Nisman knows that the current Iranian regime will “never” cooperate with his investigation, or with the arrest warrants he has remarkably secured from Interpol over Iran’s anguished objections, he says calmly that times change and the unexpected frequently happens.

    Perhaps one of his targets will be foolish enough to leave the safety of Iran, he posits. Or perhaps, however improbable this may seem today, Iran will one day surrender the defendants for trial in a third country. He doesn’t cite the precedent, but Libya did precisely this, giving up two nationals to face trial in the Lockerbie bombing (one of whom was convicted and is currently mounting a new appeal).

The rest of the article is just as interesting.

December 22, 2007 | Comments Off on The prosecution of Iran for the bombing in Argentina

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