Maradona's Iran praise irks AMIA families

Relatives of Buenos Aires bomb victims ask to meet former soccer player and "tell him the true story" of the 1994 terror attack.

Maradona 224.88 (photo credit: AP)
Maradona 224.88
(photo credit: AP)
The Relatives and Friends of the Victims of the AMIA bombing in Buenos Aires have asked to meet with former soccer player Diego Maradona - who publicly praised Iran on Saturday and expressed his wish to meet Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - and "tell him the true story" of the 1994 terror attack. "I respect Maradona for his soccer achievements and for all he did in his life to succeed," Sergio Burstein, a member of the organization, told the news agency Agencia Judía de Noticias (AJN). However, he noted that "we cannot accept the fact that Maradona is backing, to some extent, the destruction of the State of Israel by giving so much importance to the Iranian president." After receiving an invitation from the business attaché of the Iranian Embassy in Buenos Aires, Mohsen Baharvand, to travel to Teheran, Maradona came out in support for the "Iranian people" and added that "I have already met [Venezuelan President Hugo] Chávez and Fidel [Castro]. Now I only have to meet your president." Argentina has accused Iran of planning and ordering the attack on the Buenos Aires Jewish community offices.