A man still wanted for questioning in connection to the 1994 bombing of the
Buenos Aires Jewish Community Center stayed in South Africa earlier this month
without the local authorities pursuing any action against him, the South African
newspaper City Press reported last week.
The City Press report quotes a
representative of the Simon Weisenthal Center as saying that Iranian Deputy
Foreign Minister Dr. Hadi Soleimanpour visited the country in March and left
without interference from the authorities, even though he is still wanted for
questioning in Argentina in connection to the bombing of the Asociacion Mutual
Israelita Argentina building that left 85 people dead and more than 300
At the time of the bombing, Soleimanpour was Iran’s ambassador
Argentine prosecutors in 2006 accused the Iranian
government of orchestrating the bombing and using Hezbollah to carry it
An arrest warrant was issued by an Argentine judge against
Soleimanpour is 2002, but in 2007, Interpol removed the “red notice” that had
been attached to the diplomat. A red notice means that Interpol can circulate a
warrant against subjects throughout the world with the request that they be
arrested and extradited.
In other Iran news, Iranian human rights
activist Shiva Nazar Ahari was awarded the Theodor Haecker award for honesty and
political courage, but will not be able to travel to Germany to receive the
award as she is banned from leaving Iran.
Ahari is one of the founders of
the Human Rights Reporters Committee, as well as a member of the Society for the
Support of Child Laborers and Street Kids and of the One Million Signatures
Campaign. She is still awaiting imprisonment after being arrested by Iranian
authorities in the wake of protests following the contested Iranian presidential
election in July 2009.