Hezbollah Iranians Who Murdered 85 in 1994 Terror Attack on Jewish Center Given Pass by Iran Deal
Updated: State Department confirms removal of the 14 Iranians involved in AMIA attack from interpol prosecution
4 Iranian-American nationals who were held for various charges in Iran have been freed under a prisoners swap deal, Tehran’s prosecutor announced Saturday afternoon.
“Based on an approval of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) and the general interests of the Islamic Republic, four Iranian prisoners with dual-nationality were freed today within the framework of a prisoner swap deal,” the office of Tehran prosecutor said.
The four Iranian-Americans, Jason Rezaian, Amir Hekmat, Saeed Abedini and Nosratollah Khosrawi Roudsari who were jailed in Iran on various charges in recent years, have all been released.
Some English and Persian websites have wrongly named Siamak Namazi as the fourth inmate freed under the deal today. Namazi remains in jail for his charges are financial, and not political.
According to the swap deal, the US has also freed 7 Iranian-Americans who were held for sanctions-related charges and demanded the Interpol to stop prosecution of 14 other Iranian nationals. (emphasis mine)
The 7 Iranian inmates freed by the US have been named as Nader Modanlou, Bahram Mechanic, Khosrow Afqahi, Arash Ghahreman, Touraj Faridi, Nima Golestaneh and Ali Sabounchi.
As my brilliant friend Jeannie D’Angelis quipped earlier today, 4 for 7, typical Obama math, which of course is true, however that’s not the worst of it. What about those 14 Iranians being prosecuted by Interpol? What’s that all about? This.
From Merco Press:
In an open letter on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Hector Timerman said Argentina was concerned by a news reports in The Wall Street Journal that said the secret deal reached with Iran included the European Union’s agreement to remove former Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi from its sanctions list.
Argentina has long sought Vahidi for alleged involvement in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people and wounded hundreds. Several Iranian officials including Vahidi are on Interpol’s wanted list. Iran has always denied involvement in the attack.
In the letters sent, Timerman asks the US and the EU to confirm if the sanctions against Vahidi would be lifted, clarifying his alleged role in the 1994 bombing.
That Wall Street Journal report was on July 27, 2015. On August 3, 2015, the Times of Israel reported ” An international arrest warrant for Iran’s former defense minister in the AMIA Jewish center bombing will not be lifted under the Iran nuclear deal, US officials said.” It appears that Lurch and the Obama State Department changed their minds, and decided to give Iran another concession.
Wait, there’s more.
Does the name Alberto Nisman ring a bell? No? Here’s a reminder, from a fascinating and lengthy piece in The New Yorker, also from last July:
In the last days of his life, Alberto Nisman could hardly wait to confront his enemies. On January 14th of this year, Nisman, a career prosecutor in Argentina, had made an electrifying accusation against the country’s President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. He charged that she had orchestrated a secret plan to scuttle the investigation of the bloodiest terrorist attack in Argentina’s history: the 1994 suicide bombing of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina, the country’s largest Jewish organization, in which eighty-five people were killed and more than three hundred wounded. Nisman, a vain, meticulous fifty-one-year-old with a zest for Buenos Aires’ gaudy night life, had pursued the case for a decade, travelling frequently to the United States to get help from intelligence officials and from aides on Capitol Hill. In 2006, he indicted seven officials from the government of Iran, including its former President and Foreign Minister, whom he accused of planning and directing the attack, along with a senior leader of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. Months later, Nisman secured international arrest warrants for five officials, effectively preventing them from leaving Iran.
Mr. Nisman allegedly committed suicide under extremely suspicious circumstances after he began investigating Pres. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner for making a deal with the Iranians. From the New Yorker piece:
On January 14, 2015, Nisman released the results, accusing the President of engaging in a criminal conspiracy to bury the AMIA case. “The order to execute the crime came directly and personally from the President of the Nation,” he wrote. Amid a public outcry, Nisman was summoned to testify before the Argentine Congress. He told friends that he’d begun to fear for his life, but he was determined to see the case through. A few days before his scheduled appearance, he sent a text message to a friend: “On Monday I am going in strong with evidence!”
The night before Nisman was due in Congress, his body was found in his apartment, slumped against the bathroom door in a pool of blood. There was a bullet hole in his head and, on the floor next to his hand, a .22-calibre pistol and the casing from a bullet. In a trash can, police found a draft of a legal document, written by Nisman and never executed, clearing the way for Kirchner’s arrest.
I have been watching news coverage all morning on this “prisoner swap,” and I have seen NOTHING about this aspect of the story, no doubt because this reality would put a damper in the swooning celebration that the media is having.