Iran slams Argentinean court ruling over AMIA case
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 16
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
A spokesperson from Iran's foreign ministry has expressed "regret and dissatisfaction" about the recent decision by an Argentine court to reject an agreement between the Latin American country and Iran to jointly investigate the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish community center that local courts blamed on Tehran.
Marzieh Afkham, the spokeswoman of the Iranian foreign ministry called the rejected agreement "an opportunity to discover the truth about the tragedy of the AMIA [Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina] and resolve problems between the two countries on the issue," Iran's official IRNA news agency reported on May 16.
"The two sides have lost the opportunity by the court's recent decision," she added.
On May 15, an Argentinean federal court struck down a 2013 agreement between the South American country and Iran over a joint probe into the bombing attack of the AMIA center.
Alberto Nisman, a prosecutor in the investigation of the AMIA center explosion, in which 85 people were killed, had argued in his appeal to the court that the 2013 agreement constituted an "undue interference of the executive branch in the exclusive sphere of the judiciary."
The ruling by the federal court against the agreement said that it was illegal and ordered Argentina not to go ahead with it, according to the Reuters.
The Argentine government said it would appeal the decision to Argentina's Supreme Court.
The AMIA bombing came two years after a group linked to Iran and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah claimed responsibility for an attack on the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, which killed 29. Tehran has denied links to either attack.