Two suspects of the 1994 bombing at the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) Jewish community center in Buenos Aires were confirmed by Iran’s parliament to take on new positions in the cabinet, Reuters reported.
Ahmad Vahidi and Mohsen Rezai, both selected by recently elected President Ebrahim Raisi, received confirmation on Wednesday to serve as Iran’s new interior minister and Iran’s vice president of economic affairs, respectively.
Vahidi, a former defense minister under Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad between 2009 and 2013, was blacklisted by the U.S. in 2010. He headed the Quds Force, the paramilitary arm of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard, at the time of the 1994 AMIA attack. Rezai is a former commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard.
DAIA, the Argentine Jewish umbrella group, said when Vahidi was nominated for the Cabinet position, “This decision once again exposes the Iranian government’s contempt for Argentine justice and the victims of terrorism.”