Presence of Argentine ambassador accused of Amia attack at inauguration in Nicaragua generates criticism

Camiseta com a imagem de Daniel Ortega, no dia da posse do ditador da Nicarágua, em Manágua, 10 de janeiro

T-shirt with the image of Daniel Ortega, on the dictator’s inauguration day of Nicaragua, in Managua, 10 January| Photo: EFE/ Jorge Torres

The Argentine ambassador to Nicaragua, Daniel Capitanich, participated in the inauguration ceremony of dictator Daniel Ortega, on Monday, which was also attended by an Iranian official who is one of those accused of the attack against the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (Amia) in 1280 in Buenos Aires.

Mohsen Rezai, a former commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, was appointed months ago to the post of Vice President of Economic Affairs for the Persian country. At the time, the Argentine government condemned the appointment of Rezai, who has an international arrest warrant against him. The appointment of Ahmad Vahidi as Iran’s Minister of Interior was also repudiated by Argentina on the same date.

Although Argentina on Tuesday sent a “non-verbal note of protest” to the Nicaraguan embassy, ​​the case has led many in the country to question why the Argentine ambassador followed the ceremony, even with the presence of the suspect of being one of the intellectual and financial authors of the attack that killed him 85 people and injured others 300. They also question why the Argentine government did not demand the arrest of Rezai in the Nicaraguan capital, Managua.

In the note sent to the Nicaraguan representation in Buenos Aires, the Argentine government expressed its “strong complaint” about Rezai’s presence at the inauguration ceremony.

“The Argentine government deeply regrets the presence of Mr. Rezai in the Republic of Nicaragua”, reads the note sent by the Ministry of Exteriors of the South American country.

Both the Jewish community in Argentina and the judiciary hold members of the then Iranian government and the Lebanese Hezbollah party responsible for the attack, although none of the accused has been arrested.

Criticism of the Opposition

During the ceremony in which the dictator Ortega took office for his fifth term, the fourth in a row, the Iranian official was introduced as “brother Mohsen Rezai”. He then responded to the greeting and was photographed with Ortega and the dictators of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, and Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, according to Infobae.

The opposition to the government of Fernández and the Jewish community in Argentina asked that Chancellor Santiago Cafiero give explanations to Parliament about the case.

“Capitanich is not a diplomat, nor a career, nor a politician. He is an uncertain representative who committed a crime. Not having reported to Interpol and to the Justice of our country the presence of a terrorist with a red alert accused of committing the attack on the Amia building. Daniel Capitanich cannot be labeled as ignorant,” he said. indicated Jorge Knoblovits, president of the Argentine institution.

The Argentine deputy Waldo Wolff said that, given the “complicit presence” of the diplomat in the act in which the Iranian accused was present, a “request for interpellation urgent” to the Argentine chancellor.

Patricia Bullrich, former minister of Security in Argentina, said on Twitter that “this is the price of supporting dictatorships”.

In an article for La Nación, political journalist Joaquín Morales Solá states that the “levity” with which the Argentine government treated the case of the Iranian wanted for the attack on Amia reveals a “disdain for republican principles”. .

According to the journalist, the Argentine ambassador should have withdrawn of the event as soon as he noticed the presence of Rezai.

“[O embaixador argentino Daniel Capitanich] committed a crime as a public servant because he did not ask for the immediate arrest of a fugitive from Argentine justice, such as the Iranian Rezai”, argued Solá.

On the Interpol website, there is a warning about Rezai, for the charges of “qualified murder, doubly aggravated (for having been committed out of racial hatred or religious and for being an ideal means to cause a common danger) to the detriment of 85 fatalities, in competition with minor injuries and qualified serious injuries, repeatedly and multiple damages for having been committed out of racial or religious hatred”.

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On Tuesday, the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs also issued a statement demanding the full cooperation of the Iranian government to allow those accused of the attack be brought to justice.

According to the government of Alberto Fernández, the acts of which Rezai is accused constitute “a crime against humanity under customary international law, which is why his presence in the city of Managua, even as vice president for economic affairs in Iran, does not exempt him from responding to the Argentine judicial system” .

“This obliges us to express our strong complaint. The Argentine government is fully committed to providing justice to the victims, and our country will not cease in its objective of taking all those involved in the attack to Argentine courts for interrogation and, eventually, sentencing.

The Argentine government, taking into account the “bonds of friendship” that link it to Nicaragua, “as well as the obligations arising from international law”, he hopes to “count on the full cooperation of the international community to ensure the appearance of the accused and the clarification of the Amia case”, adds the official complaint.

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