(JNS.org) Iran president-elect Hassan Rohani has
been linked to a secretive government council responsible for a global
assassination campaign against Iran’s enemies in the 1990s that included the 1994
bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, that killed 85
people, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
Iran president-elect Hass Rohani. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Citing a 2008
report by the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC), a U.S. non-profit
group that documents patterns of human rights abuse in Iran, the Free Beacon reported that Rohani sat on
the Special Affairs Council, which was tasked with recommending individuals for
assassination in consultation with the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
According to the
report, Rohani was a special representative for the Supreme Leader in the
mid-1990s, around the time of the Buenos Aires bombing.
It is unlikely
that Rohani had any say in the operations approval process of the council due
to his subordinate position behind Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran’s president
at the time.
at that time comes directly from one individual, and that’s Rafsanjani,” Reuel
Gerecht, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told the
Washington Free Beacon.
But despite his
possible circumstantial role in the secretive committee, Gerecht added that
there is nothing in Rohani’s background “that would suggest to you he has any
moral qualms about bombing the enemies of the [Islamic] Republic.”
Rohani, who won
nearly 51 percent of the vote in Iran’s presidential election last week and
will replace firebrand Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has been welcomed
by many in the West for his calls to restart negotiations over Iran’s nuclear
program. But others are more skeptical of Rohani’s openness in light of his
deep ties to Iran’s revolutionary government.