The Organization of American States (OAS) today approved the condemnation of the visit to Nicaragua of one of the Iranian defendants for the attack on the AMIA that participated in the inauguration of the president of that country, Daniel Ortega. The decision of the international organization occurs just over a week after Mohsen Rezai, accused of the blasting that occurred in Buenos Aires in 1994, attended the event in the Latin American country, in which the Argentine ambassador, Daniel Capitanich, was also present.
Rezai was Commander of the Revolutionary Guard when the AMIA was blown up in July 1994, which ended the lives of 85 people. He has been wanted since 2007 by Interpol, which has a red circular against him for aggravated homicide for having been committed out of radio or religious hatred.
The condemnation of the international organization was given at a hearing of the OAS Permanent Council, which was held virtually. There, the resolution jointly drafted by Argentina and the United States to condemn Rezai’s visit to the Central American country was approved by a majority. In which they also asked that Interpol’s red alerts be respected.
During the meeting, the ambassador to the organization for Nicaragua, Arturo Mc Fields, considered that his country was free “to invite whoever you want”. And he added that: “If that person comes with a good attitude, they will always have open doors.”
While the OAS resolution contemplated: “Support the efforts of the Argentine Republic to see justice done in the AMIA attack and condemn Rezaei’s visit to Nicaragua and our hemisphere as an affront to Argentine justice and to the victims of the AMIA attack”. At the same time, they urged “the Nicaraguan authorities, all members of the inter-American system and all members of INTERPOL to act, in an appropriate manner, in relation to the INTERPOL red notices related to the AMIA attack.”
The Permanent Missions of; Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Honduras, Paraguay, Peru, and the United States. Those who recalled that, in 2007, “at the request of the Government of the Argentine Republic, the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) issued a red notice for the Iranian citizen Mohsen Rezaei, for his alleged role in the July 18, 1994 attack against the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA), in the city of Buenos Aires, which killed 85 people and injured many others”. And they highlighted that “A Red Notice is a request to law enforcement agencies around the world to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action.”
After what they detailed that Rezaei faces charges “in the Argentine Republic for doubly aggravated homicide (committed for reasons of racial or religious hatred and for endangering citizens)”. And they insisted on their alarm over the trip on January 10, 2022, Rezaei traveled to Managua, at the invitation of Ortega.
The OAS had already questioned, through Fernando Lottenberg, commissioner for monitoring and anti-Semitism of the organization, the presence of Rezai in the inauguration of Ortega. At the same time, they demanded that Nicaragua, as a member country of Interpol, warn that Rezai was there and activate the “red alert”, which ultimately did not happen.
During his stay in Managua, Rezai was smiling along with Ortega, Nicolás Maduro from Venezuela and Miguel Díaz Canel from Cuba. Rezai held the position of commander of the Revolutionary Guard when the attack on the AMIA was committed.