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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Names of Iran officials charged in 1994 Argentine bombing

Iran Focus

London, Oct. 26 - The following are the names of officials charged by Argentine prosecutors with masterminding the 1994 deadly bombing of a Jewish community centre in Argentina. The attack left 85 people dead and 300 others injured.

“We have proven that the decision to attack the AMIA headquarters on July 18, 1994 ... was a decision made by the highest authorities in Iran's government at the time”, Argentine chief prosecutor Alberto Nisman was quoted as saying by news agencies on Wednesday.

Argentine prosecutors demanded an international arrest warrant for the following individuals:

* Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, former Iranian President, currently chairs Iran’s State Expediency Council and is deputy chair of the Assembly of Experts

* Hojatoleslam Ali Fallahian, former Iranian Minister of Intelligence and Security

* Ali Akbar Velayati, former Iranian Foreign Minister, currently the chief foreign policy advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

* Major General Mohsen Rezai, former Supreme Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), is currently the secretary of the State Expediency Council

* Major General Ahmad Vahidi, former Commander of the IRGC Qods Force

* Moshen Rabbani, former cultural attaché at the Iranian embassy in Buenos Aires

* Ahmad Reza Asgari, alias Mohsen Ranjbaran, former official at the Iranian embassy in Buenos Aires

* Imad Fayez Mugniyeh, commander of the Shiite Lebanese group Hezbollah’s overseas operation, currently believed to be hiding in Iran
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