MEMBER STATES CONDEMN NICARAGUA’S VIOLATION OF INTERPOL’S RED NOTICE BY HOSTING IRANIAN OFFICIAL INVOLVED IN 1994 AMIA TERRORIST ATTACK

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Citizens of Argentina hold signs reading “Justice” in Spanish and photos of the victims of the 1994 terrorist bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center during a commemoration ceremony in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Friday 18 July 2014.

Notes from
Bradley A. Freden
Acting Permanent Representative of the United States
January 19, 2022

Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and thank you Argentina for bringing this important issue to our attention. The United States is pleased to associate itself with this statement.

We fully support Argentina’s efforts to seek justice in the AMIA case and condemn Rezaei’s visit to Nicaragua and our hemisphere as an affront to Argentine justice and to the victims of the attack on AMIA.

My Government also contests the statement of our Nicaraguan colleague. In his statement, he affirms that Nicaragua has the sovereign right to invite into our hemisphere any criminal or terrorist wanted by the international community and to ignore international law by not applying the INTERPOL Red Notice. This is not only irresponsible, it is reprehensible.

In conclusion, I would like to underline that the joint statement submitted by Argentina remains open for further signatures, should another Member State wish to join.

JOINT DECLARATION

THE PERMANENT MISSIONS OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA, ARGENTINA, BARBADOS, BRAZIL, CANADA, CHILE, COLOMBIA, COSTA RICA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, GRENADA, GUATEMALA, HONDURAS, PANAMA, PARAGUAY, PERU, SAINT LUCIA, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO , UNITED STATES AND URUGUAY,

RECALLING that in 2007, at the request of the Argentine government, the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) issued a red notice against Iranian citizen Mohsen Rezaei for his alleged role in the bombing of 18 July 1994 against the Argentinian Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) in Buenos Aires which killed 85 people and injured many;

NOTING that a Red Notice is a request to law enforcement agencies worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person awaiting extradition, surrender or similar legal action;

AWARE that Rezaei faces charges in Argentina of double aggravated homicide (committed for reasons of racial or religious hatred and to endanger the public), killing 85 people and injuring numerous others; and

ALARMED that on January 10, 2022, Rezaei traveled to Managua, Nicaragua, at the invitation of Daniel Ortega,

TO DECLARE:

  1. Support Argentina’s efforts to seek justice in the AMIA bombing and condemn Rezaei’s visit to Nicaragua and our hemisphere as an affront to Argentine justice and to the victims of the bombing of the AMIA.
  1. To urge Nicaraguan authorities, all members of the inter-American system, and all members of Interpol to act appropriately on Interpol’s Red Notices for the AMIA bombing.

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