Outrageous that Those Implicated in AMIA Bombing Are Registered to Run in Iranian Presidential Elections Instead of Sitting Behind Bars, Says Ros-Lehtinen

May 13, 2013

(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement regarding reports that four persons implicated in the 1994 terrorist bombing of the Argentine Jewish Mutual Association (AMIA) in Buenos Aires, Argentina have registered to run for the upcoming presidential elections in Iran. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“It’s outrageous that four men who have been implicated for playing key roles in the 1994 Iranian-backed Hezbollah bombing of the Argentine Jewish Mutual Association (AMIA) in Buenos Aires are not being prosecuted and charged with the deaths of dozens of innocent civilians but instead have registered to run for the upcoming presidential elections. This serves as yet another disturbing reminder that Iran, a U.S. - designated State Sponsor of Terrorism, continues to harbor and support extremist elements and refuses to bring to justice those responsible for this reprehensible act.

“Iran must hand over the perpetrators of this attack immediately to Interpol so that the Special Prosecutor for AMIA in Argentina could properly try them and hold them accountable. But we know what the regime’s true intentions are. The Supreme Leader still calls the shots and he has no interest in bringing those responsible for the AMIA terrorist attack to justice, slowing down the Iranian regime’s pursuit of nuclear weapons, or stopping the threats to Israel’s existence. This announcement should be an indication to the Government of Argentina that its so called truth commission with the Iranian regime is nothing but an empty promise that holds no legitimacy.

“The United States must work with all responsible nations to bring to justice those criminals behind the AMIA attack and compel Iran to hand them over to law enforcement authorities.”