New York, NY, March 13, 2009 ... Saying he would not allow a lack of Iranian cooperation to deter his bringing the perpetrators to justice, and that he would even be willing to see the trial moved to another country if it would help the cause, the chief prosecutor in the still unresolved 1994 terrorist bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish community center told the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) he "cannot give up on ways of trying to achieve justice."
Senior Iranian officials are accused of orchestrating the suicide bombing of the AMIA/DAIA Jewish Center in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 people and wounded hundreds more. The attack was carried out by Hezbollah operatives. None of the alleged perpetrators have faced trial for the attack, and according to Argentine law, suspects may not be tried in absentia.
"Iran is a country that does not help and will not deliver those accused," said Dr. Alberto Nisman, Chief Prosecutor for the AMIA Investigation Unit. "It is hard for Interpol to make arrests since these people leave their country only under the protection of diplomatic immunity."
During his presentation, Dr. Nisman offered corroboration of Iran's direct involvement in the attack, based on a thorough investigation of evidence and testimony from a variety of sources. He said he is continuing to work with Interpol and other international authorities in trying to bring the perpetrators to justice.
"I'm following the wishes of family relatives and looking for a way to get them some closure," Dr. Nisman said. "I cannot give up on ways of trying to achieve justice."
Dr. Nisman was appointed Chief Prosecutor for the case by Argentina's Attorney General in February 2005.