This week a 500-page document was submitted by Alberto Nisman, Argentina’s tireless prosecutor into the AMIA bombing. Nisman accused Iran of establishing “intelligence and terrorist networks” throughout Latin America going back to the 1980s – his report identifying such networks not only in Argentina but also in Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, and Suriname.
Release of Nisman’s report is an opportune moment to remind readers that two of the candidates for Iran’s presidency, Velayati and Rezai, have been implicated in the AMIA bombing (an INTERPOL arrest warrant is out for Rezai). Rafsanjani, too.
Last time we visited the AMIA issue, Buenos Aires was still waiting for the promised Majlis approval. Still waiting, of course – and here’s where it gets tricky: while the Majlis actually seems opposed to the entire arrangement, Tehran’s representative in Buenos Aires claims (in Spanish) that his government is bypassing the parliament to enforce the investigation agreement.
Considering that Iran is currently busy with an election campaign, there’s (at least) three explanations for the dissonance: either there’s gross miscommunication between the two capitals; or Ahmadinejad decided to get chivalrous with CFK before leaving office (in Spanish); or it’s just the familiar smoke and mirrors.
Ahmadinejad may be leaving, but his Latin American legacy will live on. During the past week or so there was quite a bit of contact between Iran and its Latin American friends, as well as Tehran’s friends among themselves. Prosecutor Nisman, hang in there – still much to watch!