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Argentina seeks Iranian ex-minister’s extradition over AMIA attack

Argentina asks Singapore and Malaysia Wednesday to extradite a former Iranian foreign minister, whom it accuses of involvement in a 1994 bombing that killed 85 people at Jewish community center.

An investigating judge issues the request after learning that Ali Akbar Velayati, who is on the Interpol wanted list, is on a lecture tour to the two Southeast Asian countries, a judicial source tells AFP.

Ali Akbar Velayati , senior aide to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (YouTube screenshot)
Ali Akbar Velayati, senior aide to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (YouTube screenshot)

Argentine investigators accuse Velayati and four other Iranian former officials, including ex-president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, of orchestrating the July 18, 1994 car bombing at the Argentine Jewish Mutual Association in Buenos Aires.

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A man walks over the rubble after a bomb exploded at the Argentinian Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 18, 1994. (AFP/Ali Burafi)
A man walks over the rubble after a bomb exploded at the Argentinian Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 18, 1994. (AFP/Ali Burafi)

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