5 years on from Nisman’s murder, Pompeo calls to designate Hezbollah a terror group
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo referred to the anniversary of the murder of Argentina’s prosecutor Alberto Nisman while he was investigating the former president for covering up Iran’s role in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA in Buenos Aires.
“On this 5 year anniversary of prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s death, we remember the 1994 AMIA Jewish center attack in Buenos Aires and his tireless efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice. We call on all nations to designate Hezbollah as the terrorist organization it is,” US Secretary Mike Pompeo tweeted.
Yesterday, Britain’s Treasury said it has designated the entire Hezbollah organization as a terrorist group under its Terrorism and Terrorist Financing rules, and as such its assets will be frozen.
Previously it was only Hezbollah’s terror wing which was subject to asset freezing under UK government rules.
Twenty-five years ago, on July 18, 1994, an Iranian-backed Hezbollah suicide bomber drove a van loaded with about 275 kilograms of explosives into the Jewish Community Center (AMIA) building in Buenos Aires, murdering 85 people and injuring 150 more, in the largest terror attack in Argentine history.
The sorrow and grief caused by this terror attack are compounded by the fact that the Muslim terrorists responsible for this horrifying attack have not yet been brought to justice.
Former president Cristina Fernandez and others had suggested the death was a suicide, but a prosecutor investigating the case last years recommended it be pursued as a murder probe.
After years of investigation, the Argentinian magistrate concluded in 2007 that Iran and Hezbollah were behind the terror attack and responsible for dispatching the murderers.
In 2018 a Federal Judge ruled that former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, along with 11 other high-profile officials and associates with her government who have been indicted, will stand trial for covering up Iran’s role in the 1994 AMIA terror attack in exchange for trade deals, like late prosecutor Alberto Nisman had accused her of before being murdered.
Analysts have also concluded that the late prosecutor Nisman was “murdered in cold blood,” and that the crime scene had been tampered with in order to make it look like he had committed suicide.
Argentinian authorities announced last year that they have designated Hezbollah as a terror group and ordered the freezing of the Lebanese terror group’s assets in the country.
In November, Argentina’s new President Alberto Fernandes, with Cristina Fernández de Kirchner as vice president, said that he was considering ‘amending’ his country’s designation of Hezbollah as a terror group.