May 17, 2016
Authorities in Argentina set out to investigate any information on the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) delegation’s expected visit to the Colombian capital Bogota this May.
The delegation has raised concerns of Argentinian authorities; especially that it includes Mohsen Rabbani, who is wanted by INTERPOL for the Buenos Aires AMIA bombing targeting Jewish community centers in 1992.
The Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of Argentina expressed fears regarding the anticipated visit, confirming its ongoing effort to collect encompassing data.
Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper and Latin media outlets, two days ago, circulated information on the visit. La Nación, Argentine daily newspaper, wrote that after reports published by Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper and many other Latin journalistic outlets, the visit had to raise a state of alertness.
Argentina’s ambassador to Colombia Marcelo Astrobin, after looking into Asharq Al-Awsat published reports, made an official call to governmental offices in Colombia requesting that adequate measures be taken to track down wanted figures expected to visit.
Sources close to Argentinian presidency in Buenos Aries said that supreme authority will send a warrant to Bogota demanding an official clarification on the rumored visit.
The Argentina government, troubled, warned authorities in Bogota on the aftermath of such a visit and the dangers it could entail.
Astrobin said that Colombia must understand his country’s concerns, given that the 1992 AIMA bombing investigations are a very delicate topic, and that Rabbani is an acknowledged terrorist to Argentine, which is why he should be turned in as soon as he arrives to Colombia.
He added that his country asked the INTERPOL to renew the arrest warrant it had issued for Rabbani. However, the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores(Colombian ministry of Foreign affairs) has informed Astrobin that it has not procured any information on whether Rabbani will be visiting or not.
The last appearance Rabbani had over Argentinian media was in 2011, which was an interview on the terrorist accusations against him. During the interview, Rabbani was asked about a forged Brazilian passport he used to mobilize during the time of the attacks, which he denied possession of at the time.
Rabbani and his IRGC attachés are resolved to exploit the economic strain Latin countries currently suffer from, as to expand Iranian influence there.
Latin American media outlets explained that Iran looks forward to effect the Latin Muslim community through economic investments.