Rabu, 26 Desember 2007

Jewish groups furious over Maradona's Iran wish (AFP)

BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - Families of victims of a deadly 1994 bomb attack on a Jewish centre have hit out at Diego Maradona after the Argentina football legend said he wanted to meet Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"I have already met (Venezuelan president Hugo) Chavez and (Cuba leader) Fidel (Castro). Now I want to meet your president," Maradona told an Iranian diplomat here, according to reports in the Argentina media.

Relatives of the 85 people who died in the attack on the Jewish-Argentine Mutual Association (AMIA) community centre in Buenos Aires in July 1994 have fought a long battle to bring the killers to justice.

Iran has been accused of being behind the attack which Jewish groups insist was carried out by Islamic militants. The Tehran government has vehemently denied any involvement.

"I believe Maradona is wrong and I would like it a lot for him to meet us," Sergio Burstein, a member of the victims support group formed in the aftermath of the blast which also left 300 people injured, told the Jewish news agency in Argentina (AJN).

Maradona had met Mohsen Baharvand, the Iranian charge daffaires in Argentina, on Saturday following a game of indoor football.

"I am with the Iranian people," said Maradona.

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