Iranian wanted for 1994 Jewish center bombing (JERUSALEM POST) By BEN HARTMAN 03/20/11)
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A man still wanted for questioning in connection to the 1994 bombing
of the Buenos Aires Jewish Community Center stayed in South Africa
earlier this month without the local authorities pursuing any action
against him, the South African newspaper City Press reported last
The City Press report quotes a representative of the Simon Weisenthal
Center as saying that Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Hadi
Soleimanpour visited the country in March and left without
interference from the authorities, even though he is still wanted for
questioning in Argentina in connection to the bombing of the
Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina building that left 85 people
dead and more than 300 injured.
At the time of the bombing, Soleimanpour was Iran’s ambassador to
Argentine prosecutors in 2006 accused the Iranian government of
orchestrating the bombing and using Hezbollah to carry it out.
An arrest warrant was issued by an Argentine judge against
Soleimanpour is 2002, but in 2007, Interpol removed the “red notice”
that had been attached to the diplomat. A red notice means that
Interpol can circulate a warrant against subjects throughout the
world with the request that they be arrested and extradited.
In other Iran news, Iranian human rights activist Shiva Nazar Ahari
was awarded the Theodor Haecker award for honesty and political
courage, but will not be able to travel to Germany to receive the
award as she is banned from leaving Iran.
Ahari is one of the founders of the Human Rights Reporters Committee,
as well as a member of the Society for the Support of Child Laborers
and Street Kids and of the One Million Signatures Campaign. She is
still awaiting imprisonment after being arrested by Iranian
authorities in the wake of protests following the contested Iranian
presidential election in July 2009. (© 1995 - 2011 The Jerusalem
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