Diplomacy

Journalist: Prosecutor Tied Rouhani to Argentina Terror Attack

The late Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman accused Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani of involvement in planning the July 1994 terror attack on the AMIA Jewish Center in Buenos Aires, journalist Andres Oppenheimer of The Miami Herald reported Wednesday

On July 1, 2013, Nisman emailed me part of Mesbahi’s testimony. Quoting from his 2006 request to Interpol, Nisman’s email said that Mesbahi “is a qualified witness” in the AMIA case “because of his background within VEVAK,” and “because of his close relations” with Iran’s intelligence officials.

It added that, according to Mesbahi, the Vijeh committee at the time of the 1994 bombing was presided over by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khameini, and made up among others by Rouhani, (former President Akbar Hashemi) Rafsanjani, and (former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar) Valayati.

At the end of that email, Nisman added — as a personal comment apparently criticizing the fact that then-president-elect Rouhani was being described by the media as a “moderate” who allegedly had no connections with the AMIA terrorist attack — that “nobody is pointing out that Rouhani participated in the decision of the AMIA attack.”

Abolghasem Mesbahi, a witness who helped Nisman build his case against top Iranian officials in the AMIA attack, was a former member the VEVAK intelligence agency. The Vijeh committee was in charge of “overseeing secret operations abroad.”

Oppenheimer adds his own observation at the end:

There are serious doubts that Nisman committed suicide. In TV interviews and an email he sent me Jan. 17, a day before he was found dead, in which he said he was “obviously interested” in doing an interview after his scheduled Jan. 19 congressional testimony, Nisman seemed very self-confident. He had even left his maid a list of groceries she was supposed to buy at the supermarket the day after he was found dead.

Whatever happened to him, the best homage we can pay to Nisman is remembering that he was not only accusing President Fernández for the 2013 Argentina-Iran deal, but that his main target has always been Iran’s regime, including Rouhani — for the 1994 bombing in Buenos Aires.

At a time when the United States and other countries are negotiating a nuclear deal with the allegedly moderate Rouhani, it’s a good time to remember this.

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