Argentina rejects Iran summons
Argentina has rejected a summons by Iran calling on five Argentines to appear in
court in connection with a 1994 Buenos
Aires bombing case.
Iran sent summons on Tuesday, in
which former judge Juan Jose Galeano, former minister
Carlos Corach, former prosecutors Jose Barbaccia and Eamon Mullen and
former leader of an Israelite association Roben Bracha are accused of actions against the security of the
They have been charged with
forging documents and collaborating with terrorist groups to lodge a file
Iranian officials said on Tuesday.
Argentina rejected the Iranian
request, saying it does not meet the "necessary requirements", and
asserted that Argentina's
government sees the request as a political reprisal for the arrest warrants
issued against Iranian officials over the case.
Last November special
prosecutor Alberto Nisman accused seven Iranian
officials of masterminding the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires. Nisman sent an arrest warrants to Interpol, but with no
evidence against some of the high-ranking officials, Interpol removed them from
the extradition list.
Judge Juan Jose Galeano who was in charge of the investigating into the
case, was sacked after being found guilty of paying 400,000 dollars in bribery
to a witness in order to perjure against Iran in the court.
Press TV's correspondent
Maria Arce reported that none of the argentine
officials was willing to give a statement on the Iranian request.