Argentina seeks Colombian for 1994 terror strike
Argentina has issued an international arrest warrant for a Colombian man in connection with the 1994 bombing of a Jewish charities building in Buenos Aires that killed 85 and injured 300.world Updated: May 21, 2009 10:18 IST
Argentina has issued an international arrest warrant for a Colombian man in connection with the 1994 bombing of a Jewish charities building in Buenos Aires that killed 85 and injured 300.
Samuel Salman El Reda, a Colombian of Lebanese descent who formerly lived in Buenos Aires, was the top local connection in the attack, Prosecutor Alberto Nisman told in a press conference on Wednesday.
The July 18, 1994 bombing of the Argentine Jewish Mutual Association, a Buenos Aires headquarters of Jewish charity groups, has gone unsolved for a decade and a half.
El Reda has been married to an Argentine national, Silvina Sain, since 1989 "and was part of the most radicalized sector of the local Muslim community," Nisman said.
El Reda has relatives in Lebanon, where he had recently been living with his wife, Nisam said.
Argentine Judge Rodolfo Canicoba Corral, in charge of the case, earlier called for the arrest of several former Iranian officials in connection with the bombing, including ex-president Ali Akbar Rafsanjani, former security minister Ali Fallahijan, ex-foreign minister Ali Velayati, former Revolutionary Guard chief Moshen Rezai, and Mohsen Rabbani, who worked at Iran's embassy in Buenos Aires.
"It has been proven that El Reda was one of the people Rabbani trusted the most," said Nisman, adding that the Colombian suspect ran two safe houses in Buenos Aires.