Iran 'minister' on Interpol list
21-Aug-2009 (3 comments)

Iran's defence minister-designate is on an Interpol "wanted" list over the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre in Argentina, the agency has confirmed.

It says it has had a "red notice" for Ahmad Vahidi since 2007 over the Buenos Aires attack that killed 85 people.

Interpol uses red notices to inform its 187 member countries that an arrest warrant has been issued for an individual by a judicial authority.

Israel and Argentina have expressed concern over Mr Vahidi's nomination.

"This is yet another of [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad's actions that prove he is a person you cannot deal with," Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Andy David told Bloomberg.

"It's significant, this nomination, but no surprising," Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman told the Associated Press.

"Iran has always protected terrorists, giving them government posts, but I think never one as high as this one," he said.

Tehran rejected the criticism as a "Zionist plot".

Iranian lawmakers still have to confirm the 21-member cabinet proposed on Wednesday by Mr Ahmadinejad - the declared winner of June's disputed presidential elections.

But the nomination of Mr Vahidi is another sign of Mr Ahmadinejad's defiance of the West, the BBC's Caroline Hawley says.

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Shifteh Ansari

This one definitely no "holoo!"

by Shifteh Ansari on

When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was introducing his choices for cabinet posts, he referred to someone as "holoo."  His choice for Ministry of Defense is most certainly no "holoo," he is a man on Interpol's most wanted list.


Louie Louie

Sarah Palin

by Louie Louie on

You betcha!


Ahmadinejad is just throwing...

by Ostaad on

red meat at those who oppose him to nibble on. The show is just starting and Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "knows" that he has won the election, believe or not.

He is copying GW, who announced he had a lot of "political capital" after he won the second term, and he intended to spend it. Ahmadinejas is busy "smoking out" all those who are not going along with his plans and planting decoys here and there in order to divert attentions so "his people" get the top jobs.

Ahmadinejad has a mission and he intends to see through. The question is whether he will stay dogmatic or bends to the "popular demand". Right now he's doing some window dressing, the women cabinet members is not a ploy, those ARE women! The question is whether those women turn out to be the Sarah Palins, or Indira Gandis for his career.