ADL deeply concerned by Argentina-Iran “truth commission” investigating 1994 AMIA terror attack

New York, NY, January 28, 2013 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expressed ‎deep concern and disappointment with the Argentine government’s decision to ‎collaborate with Iran in a so-called “Truth Commission” into the 1994 terrorist ‎bombing attack on the AMIA Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires.‎
The terrorist attack killed 85 Argentineans and injured hundreds.‎
Barry Curtiss-Lusher, ADL National Chair and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National ‎Director issued the following statement:‎
Argentina’s apparent willingness to collaborate with the Iranian regime’s ‎nearly 20-year effort to evade being brought to justice under the Argentine ‎criminal justice system is deeply disturbing. ‎

The recently announced Memorandum of Understanding is an ‎unprecedented attempt to establish a mechanism with no enforcement ‎powers to internationalize the criminal proceedings against Iranian nationals ‎with ties to the world’s most notorious state sponsor of terrorism which have ‎been pursued for years by professional Argentine prosecutors. ‎

This latest maneuver by Iran with shocking cooperation of the government ‎of Argentina sets up an extrajudicial process which will further delay, and ‎may even eliminate, the possibility of bringing the accused Iranian ‎perpetrators of the terrorist attack to justice under Argentine law. We call ‎on President Kirchner to reconsider this affront to the victims and survivors ‎and to the criminal justice system of Argentina.‎
The prolonged pain and suffering of the survivors and the families of the victims of ‎the most devastating terror attack on a Jewish institution in the Western ‎hemisphere are all but forgotten in this ill-considered agreement.‎
The agreement was signed by Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman and his ‎Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on January 27 after ‎a series of meetings held mainly in Switzerland.‎
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization ‎fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, ‎prejudice and bigotry.‎