Argentinian Prosecutor Alberto Nisman Found Dead

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Alberto Nisman, the Argentinian prosecutor who recently accused President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of covering up the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center, has been found dead in his apartment.

Last week, Nisman claimed Fernández de Kirchner conducted secret negotiations with Iran, offering to cover up the alleged Iranian involvement in the bombing so Argentina could swap grain for oil from Iran.

According to the Guardian, Nisman was found dead in the bathroom of his apartment on Sunday in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Argentinian security ministry said a .22 caliber gun and a shell casing were found next to his body. Nisman’s mother found his body. As noted by Asaf Ronel, just one week ago, Nisman suggested that his investigation "might kill him."

“In the coming days we will determine the cause of death with an autopsy,” prosecutor Viviana Fein said. “I ask for seriousness, I ask for prudence.”

Last Wednesday, Nisman presented a 300-page document in court. He claimed it contained wiretaps of presidential aids involved in negotiating with Iran and withdrawing Interpol arrest warrants for Iranian bombing suspects.

Jorge Capitanich, the Argentinian cabinet chief, said Nisman’s allegations were “crazy, absurd, illogical, irrational, ridiculous, unconstitutional.”

The attack killed 85 people, mainly Jewish, and the case remains unsolved. Nisman, who had been the lead prosecutor on the case for the past 10 years, was convinced of Iran’s involvement.

Source: GuardianAsaf Ronel/ Image via Guardian