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Argentine Prosecutor: Iran's Rafsanjani Ordered 1994 Jewish Center Attack


Argentina's chief prosecutor has charged former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and his aides with ordering the 1994 bombing of a Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires. The attack killed 85 people and wounded about 300.

Chief prosecutor Alberto Nisman says investigators have determined that Iran's senior leadership decided in 1993 to bomb the Jewish center, and ordered the Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah to carry out the attack.

Iran and Hezbollah have repeatedly denied any involvement in the Buenos Aires bombing. No one has been convicted in the attack, which was the deadliest in Argentina's history.

Argentine prosecutors charged seven former Iranian officials in the case, including Mr. Rafsanjani, his foreign minister, and two diplomats. Prosecutors also charged a former Hezbollah security official.

An Argentine federal judge must now decide whether to issue international arrest warrants for the suspects.

The judge has an indefinite amount of time to accept or reject the charges.

Argentina's 300,000 strong Jewish community has repeatedly demanded that the government bring those responsible for the 1994 bombing to justice.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.