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Nisman's death controversy reignited: “there isn't a shred of proof” he was murdered, says president Fernandez

Friday, January 3rd 2020 - 09:55 UTC
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Nisman was appointed special prosecutor into the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association headquarters, which left 85 dead and 300 wounded. Nisman was appointed special prosecutor into the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association headquarters, which left 85 dead and 300 wounded.

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez said on Thursday he doubts that a prosecutor who died two days after accusing former President Cristina Kirchner of a cover-up in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community centre committed suicide. But he insisted “there isn't a shred of proof” that Alberto Nisman was murdered, as his family insists.

Nisman was appointed special prosecutor into the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) headquarters, which left 85 dead and 300 wounded.

But in 2015, Nisman's body was found in his Buenos Aires apartment with a gunshot wound to the head, delivered at close range from a handgun found at his side.

The timing and circumstances of his death were suspicious: it came just days after he directly accused then-president Cristina Kirchner and some of her top aides of covering up Iran's alleged involvement in the bombing.

“I doubt that someone who was going through a euphoric moment could commit suicide, I don't know that. I'm allowing myself to doubt it,” Fernandez, whose vice president is Kirchner, told Radio 10.

Nisman had been due to outline his case against Kirchner before Congress just two days after his death.

Kirchner, president from 2007 to 2015, is accused of having attempted to cover up Iranian involvement in the bombing in return for lucrative trade deals with her government.

In July, Fernandez testified in Kirchner's trial over a newspaper interview he gave in 2015 criticising her for allowing Iranian suspects to be questioned back home, rather than in Argentina.

Although he was cabinet chief under Kirchner's husband and predecessor as president, Nestor Kirchner, and initially held onto the post under Cristina Kirchner, the two fell out and Fernandez became a heavy critic of the then president.

The two have since made up and Fernandez, a criminal law professor, told Radio 10 that the cover-up case against Kirchner was “absurd.”

In the Nisman case, he said “the only person harmed by the crime was Cristina.”

Nisman's accusation was twice dismissed before judge Claudio Bonadio took up the case in 2016, after Kirchner had been replaced by Mauricio Macri as president.

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  • Jack Bauer

    Chicureo

    You may have hit the nail on the head....who stands to gain from their deaths ? ....both very well timed.

    Happy 2020 !

    Jan 03rd, 2020 - 03:10 pm +1
  • Chicureo

    Jack Bauer

    Happy New Year! I'm currently absconding in Viña for a few days before returning inland. We're heavy on nurturing our spirits with both Viognier and Sauvignon Blancs due to the weather and cuisine. ¡Saúde!

    Estimado THINK

    Out of respect to my two Argentine naval friends, I'll abstain from commenting about the outrageous backstory of el ARA Almirante Irízar that Alberto is so proud of...

    I will also kindly note that Argentine naval officers set the finest meals for mess and the Military club in Buenos Aires is arguably one of the finest in the world.

    I sincerely hope the vessel has smooth uneventful sailing for the remainder of its history.

    Jan 03rd, 2020 - 07:36 pm +1
  • Chicureo

    The troublesome Jew was a major problem causing difficulties for too many powerful entities. SIDE and many other players could have easily staged Nisman to involuntary kill himself.
    لمن هي فائدة؟
    Cui Bono?

    Jan 04th, 2020 - 12:47 am +1
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