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Iranian Terror Suspects Travel Freely to ^ | June 09, 2008 | Patrick Goodenough

Posted on 06/09/2008 3:23:31 AM PDT by Man50D

Seven months after Interpol placed a former head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards on its most-wanted list, the fugitive suspected of state-sponsored terrorism last week traveled freely to Saudi Arabia, where he attended a religious conference hosted by King Abdullah.

Mohsen Rezai, wanted by Argentina, is the subject of an Interpol "red notice" -- a request for a provisional arrest with a view to extradition, based on an arrest warrant or court decision. Saudi Arabia is a member state of the international policing organization.

It was unclear Monday whether he was still in Saudi Arabia, but his presence was brought to the attention of Interpol as well as the Argentine and Saudi governments late last week.

Rezai was part of a delegation led by former Iranian president, Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, who shared the platform with the Saudi monarch during the gathering in Mecca.

The three-day conference, which drew considerable attention in the Islamic world, is aimed at fostering Muslim unity ahead of a dialogue Abdullah plans to launch with Christian and Jewish religious figures.

The attendance of Rafsanjani, a senior Shi'ite figure invited by the Sunni king and seated at Abdullah's left in a sign of unity between Islam's two major sects, was widely reported.

Virtually unreported, by contrast, was the participation of Rezai, although an Iranian state-funded media outlet mentioned in passing that he was accompanying the former president. Iran's Mehr news agency also posted pictures showing Rezai in Mecca with Rafsanjani.

Rezai is a top-level politician in Iran, a former presidential candidate and secretary of Iran's Expediency Council, a consultative body appointed by "supreme leader" Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and headed by Rafsanjani.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: argentina; interpol; iran; mohsenrezai; rafsanjani; rednotice; rezai; saudiarabia

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