Thursday, September 22, 2005

Warrants in 94 Bombing Are Delisted

LA Times:
Iran succeeded Wednesday in getting Interpol to cancel international wanted notices for 12 Iranians sought by Argentina in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center, police sources said.

Argentine judicial authorities called the decision a blow to their investigation of the Buenos Aires attack, which killed 85 people, the country's deadliest. READ MORE

At its annual conference in Berlin, world police body Interpol conducted a ballot of delegates on rescinding the "red notices" arising from the attack. "In favor of Iran, all the red notices have been canceled," an Iranian delegate said.

Two other sources independently confirmed the outcome. Argentina and Israel lay responsibility for the bombing on Hezbollah guerrillas backed by Iran, but Tehran repeatedly has denied involvement. Interpol suspended the 12 notices requested by Argentina after Iran complained about irregularities, citing corruption allegations against the judge involved. Argentina was seeking reinstatement of the notices. Argentine court officials said removal of the alerts, which means countries are no longer obliged to publish the arrest warrants, made it unlikely the suspects would ever be brought in for questioning.