Mohsen Rezaee, Mohsen Rezaei, or Mohsen rezai, as he is known in Argentina, is the Iranian hierarch who was in the re-assumption of Daniel Ortega as president of Nicaragua, despite the fact that it hangs over him an international alert for being the alleged author, among others, of the blasting of the AMIA in 1994.
These variations of his surname are the ways of translating from Farsi into English and Spanish the name of someone who, at the time of blowing up the old Pasteur building in 600 where the AMIA-DAIA stood, was a unknown figure for the Argentines, but already powerful in the then young Islamic revolution of the Ayatollahs.
Rezai was commander of the Corps of the Guardians of the Revolution-Pasdaran between 1993 and 1994. In the legal case for the attack on the Jewish mutual insurance company that on July 18, 1994 cost 85 people their lives, he is accused, together with the current Minister of the Interior of Iran, Ahmad Vahidi, of to be part of the select group of “intelligence that submitted to evaluation the proposal to attack our country” in 1993.
In the official report that the Argentine Justice has and that At the time, the prosecutor Alberto Nisman worked -who was found dead with a shot to the head on January 18, 2015- points out that being commander of the Revolutionary Guard it responded to the religious authorities and “operated outside the established military structure and in parallel to it”.
The report notes that the Constitution of the Iranian regime makes it clear that the Guard would have the function of “expand the Jihad (holy war) in the world “ and therefore had tasks of “exporting” the revolution, “considering it at the core of the extraterritorial activities” of the regime.
Iranian Minister Mohsen Rezai, accused of the AMIA attack, met with Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel in Nicaragua. Both attended the resumption of Daniel Ortega at the head of the regime of that country.
A witness with a private identity confirmed Rezai as head of the Revolutionary Guards Corps, and Vahidi as commander of the Al-Quds Forces, “in charge of directing and coordinating all terrorist operations in Tehran or other activities related to the export of the revolution.”
The report – based on witnesses – also indicates that the Al Quds Force, for example, operated with “suicide bombings, car bombs, kidnappings, bombings, hostage taking, aircraft hijacking, assassinations and attempts to carry out terrorist operations using aircraft and helicopters. ”
As regards Vahidi and Rezai, in particular, the document reiterates that they “formed part of the office in charge of the preliminary plan. Given that this plan was the result of a teamwork group of members of the intelligence office, it was logical that all its members will be held accountable for their participation in the attack“.
Rezai’s presence this Monday in Managua It is not the only case of Iranian officials accused of the attack passing through countries that are friendly to Argentina..
Vahidi, who also has a red alert pending on his figure, was in Bolivia and Venezuela in 2011 without the government of Cristina Kirchner doing something. There was an official protest at the time, but he had already left those countries. The government of Evo Morales said at the time that it was “expelling him.” But the truth is that both Bolivia and Venezuela – for Chavismo Iran is an important support – had military exchanges with the Persians.
Iranian Minister Mohsen Rezai, one of those accused of the AMIA attack, appears between Nicolás Maduro and Daniel Ortega at the latter’s assumption of the fifth term as head of the Nicaraguan regime. Miguel Díaz-Canel, president of Cuba, observes them.
In 2018 the former chancellor Ali Akbar Velayati, also charged for the AMIA blasting, but without a red alert on him, was in Russia and met with President Vladimir Putin. The government of Mauricio Macri also reacted late.
Rezai’s weight in Iran, 67, fluctuated, but man never ceased to be at the top of the Islamic regime, generally defending the most conservative positions of the government.
In May 2021, in an interview with the newspaper The Financial Times, appeared as potential candidate for presidential elections that Ebrahim Raisi won, and there he said that his country was ready to resume talks on the nuclear agreement with the United States that would rekindle what was signed at the time by Barack Obama with other Western powers and rejected Donald Trump. He asked for a “clear signal” that sanctions against his country would be lifted within a year.
The British newspaper reported that Rezai was the secretary of the Council of Convenience, who drafts the country’s macro policies for approval by the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who had left the Revolutionary Guardian Corps in 1997. “Unusually, he was allowed to return to the army for seven years. and he still wears his uniform on special occasions, “posted the FT.
With centrist President Hassan Rohani set to retire in 2021, after two terms, “A power struggle has intensified between the intransigents”, pointed out The Financial Times on that note from last year. And it also said that Rezai, who ran for the presidency of Iran twice before, always portrayed himself as a hard-line presidential candidate.
“What happens if military figures come to power [la presidencia] through democratic means? “Rezai said in that note, citing the cases of the French Charles de Gaulle and the American Dwight Eisenhower; when asked about the Iranian reformists’ concern that military figures occupy one of the most important roles in the state. “The Iranians have come to the conclusion that they need a strong, effective and accountable government. These characteristics are stronger in veteran and military figures than in others, ”Rezai added.
Information from the international press places it today as the person in charge of his government’s relations with the Hezbollah group and movement. Take the political relations between the Supreme Leader and the Hezbollah militia, which obviously include issues of terrorism and asymmetric warfare against Israel and against the United States.
With such strength within Iran, which is a strategic country at the political and oil level in the game of the powers, for Argentina it is almost impossible to bring him to justice. Furthermore, taking into account that Argentina is today a country without relevant weight on the international board.
It is in this train that Vahidi and Rezai move without problems through countries that are friendly to the Kirchner government, such as Nicaragua, Venezuela, Bolivia, and even Russia. It also shows the low weight of Argentina in an organization like Interpol.