December 11, 2013
Timerman meets with DAIA, AMIA and relatives of victims, rejects criticism
After meeting with officials from the AMIA and DAIA Jewish organizations and relatives of the 1994 bombing victims, Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman assured that the agreement with Iran to create a truth commission “does not ignore the local justice system’s investigation.”
“The trial continues in Argentina with an Argentine judge and an Argentine prosecutor. We will not drop the case,” he told the press.
At the same time, he assured that the existing red alerts issued by Interpol on eight Iranians suspected of being involved in the AMIA attack will not be lifted, and added that several high-profile members of the Jewish community provided him with a list of names that they believed could be a part of the commission as well.
“They believed that the creation of a commission was not legal, but I explained to them that this bears no relation to the case being investigated by the Argentine justice system. It will guarantee, however, that the procedure is conducted in accordance to the cooperation parameters of the suspects with the judiciary,” Timerman said.
Speaking from the AMIA building, on Pasteur 600, Timerman said “we are all leaving with the satisfaction of seeking justice. This is one more step towards memory, truth and justice.”
He later rejected accusations that the Government was surrendering its sovereignty. “We are acting in accordance to the Supreme Court,” he expressed.