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Argentina: Who Killed Alberto Nisman?

The federal prosecutor of a 1994 terrorist attack by Hezbollah died in 2015 just after denouncing Argentina’s president for treason.

Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. Credit: Ministerio de Cultura de la Nación Argentina www.flickr.com
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Two years ago, in January 2015, Alberto Nisman, the federal prosecutor who was in charge of investigating the 1994 AMIA (Jewish Mutual Association) terrorist bombing attack in Buenos Aires was found dead in his apartment.

The circumstances of his death were shady and suspicious.

The bombing against the AMIA building occurred in Buenos Aires in July 1994. In the attack, 85 people were killed and hundreds were injured.

It is considered Argentina’s deadliest bombing ever. Those responsible for Nisman’s death and for the AMIA bombing remain unknown.

At the beginning, there were questions as to whether Nisman’s death was a crime or a suicide. Just two days before his death, Nisman had denounced the then Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and her Chancellor Héctor Timerman for treason.

Nisman was to present his complaint to the Criminal Law Committee of the Chamber of Deputies just hours after his death.

The memorandum

In 2013, during the presidency of Cristina Kirchner, Argentina and Iran signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

This memorandum agreed to the questioning of Iranians accused by Nisman of complicity in the AMIA bombing, and the establishment of a “Truth Commission” to analyze the evidence related to the Iranians accused of having carried out the attack.

Nisman opposed that memorandum, on the grounds that it “constitutes a wrongful interference of the Executive Branch” in the workings of the judicial system, a move that displeased the Kirchner government.

At the same time, the…

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