July 31, 2014
Federal Court declares Argentina-Iran memo unconstitutional
Judges in the First Court of the Federal Chamber upheld today the injunction filed by local Jewish community organizations, and ruled that the memorandum of understanding signed between Argentina and Iran on January 2013 went against the Argentine constitution.
The tribunal also deemed illegal bill number 26.843, approved by Congress, and ordered the executive led by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to refrain from taking operative actions established in the bilateral agreement, until all judicial resources have been exhausted.
The ruling also orders the courts to reiterate the extradition orders against Iranian officials, and instructed Interpol to re-examine the immediate arrest warrants for Alí Rafsanjani, Alí Akbar Velayati and Hadi Soleimanpour, who are under the category of suspects.
The court demanded a strengthening of efforts to track the whereabouts of those implicated in the attack, and to enforce the arrest orders which have been already instructed in the case.
Magistrates Eduardo Farah and Jorge Ballestor signed the resolution, with the absence of Judge Eduardo Freiler who was excused.
The memorandum seeks to locate and investigate those responsible for the attack on the AMIA Jewish community building on July 18, 1994, in downtown Buenos Aires City, which killed 85 people and injured over 300.