Rescue efforts after 1994 AMIA bombing
Rescue efforts after 1994 AMIA bombingREUTERS/Enrique Marcarian RR/ME

A federal judge in Argentina has called on Interpol to detain four Lebanese citizens so they can be questioned for their suspected role in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center that killed 85 people, The Associated Press reported on Thursday.

“Regarding these individuals, there are well-founded suspicions that they are collaborators or operational agents of the … armed wing of Hezbollah,” judge Daniel Rafecas wrote in a resolution dated June 13 that AP obtained Thursday.

Argentine prosecutors have long alleged that Iranian officials used the Lebanon-based Hezbollah to carry out the deadly attack. Iran denies involvement in the AMIA attack and has repeatedly rejected Argentine demands for the accused to testify.

An investigation by the Mossad found that the AMIA attack, as well as the 1992 bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Argentina, were not abetted knowingly by Argentine citizens or aided by Iran on the ground.

Most of the Lebanese citizens now being sought by Rafecas have ties to the porous tri-border region that connects Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay and that the United States has long said is a hub for terrorism financing, according to AP.

Rafecas has called for the detention of Hussein Mounir Mouzannar, who has a Paraguayan national ID and could be living either in Paraguay or Brazil, as well as Farouk Abdul Hay Omairi, a naturalized Brazilian citizen whose last known address was on the Brazilian side of the tri-border region.

The other two people who are sought for questioning are Ali Hussein Abdallah, a naturalized Brazilian citizen who has both Brazilian and Paraguayan passports, and Abdallah Salman, who is believed to be living in Beirut.

In 2012, then-Argentine President Cristina Kirchner signed a memorandum of understanding with Iran that would have established a "truth commission" to investigate the AMIA bombing.

Leaders of Argentina's Jewish community criticized the accord. An Argentine court in 2014 declared the agreement to be unconstitutional.