BUENOS AIRES – Argentinian investigators identified Ali Akbar Velayati, as a main suspect allegedly responsible for the terrorist attack on the AMIA Jewish Center in Buenos Aires in 1994. asking Iran for his extradition.
The request for extradition of Ali Akbar Velayati, currently a close advisor to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was sent by Investigating Judge Rodolfo Canicoba to the government of Iraq, where Velayati is currently visiting. Argentina made similar requests to Singapore and Malaysia when Velayati visited those nations in July.
Argentinian authorities suspect five senior Iranian officials, including Velayati and former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, of being involved in the bombing, which killed eighty-five people and is the deadliest-ever terror attack on Argentinian soil.
Prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was charged with investigating the AMIA bombing, died of a gunshot wound to the head in January 2015 under mysterious circumstances. In March, a three-judge panel unanimously referred the inquiry into Nisman’s death to a federal court to be investigated as a political murder.