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Argentina Seizes Iranian Properties of Suspected Terrorists

The special unit in Argentina’s Ministry of Justice charged with tracking down and prosecuting the perpetrators of the 1992 and 1994 terrorist attacks in Argentina announced a property seizure yesterday.   This is the second time since October 2008 that property belonging to Iranian nationals have been seized and that will likely be used to compensate victims of the attacks once tried and convicted.

Justice Minister Nisman told reporters that “the Islamic Iranian Republic [of Iran] as well as the Hezbollah terrorist organization are completely responsible for the damages to the life,  physical integrity, health and goods of the 85 people who died and the more than 200 injured” from the attacks on the Jewish community center in July 1994.

Argentina has also reportedly asked the German government to freeze assets located in German banks belonging to individuals suspected of involvement in these attacks. 

The U.S. placed various individuals on government watch lists that have been linked to terrorism in the Americas, including several in South America.  In June 2008,  the Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced that Venezuelan-Arab businessman Fawzi Kanan and the Venezuelan Ambassador to Syria, Ghazi Nasr al Din, were serving as facilitators and fundraisers for Hezbollah in South America.   There are many more individuals and entities listed.

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