Believing the Argentine authorities to be shielding the responsible parties, Alberto Nisman’s family has ordered their own private investigation.
The family of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who accused Iran of plotting the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish Center, insist that his death was an assassination. At the time Nisman died, he had been accusing President Cristina Kirchner of protecting Iranian officials from prosecution for the attack, which was carried out by Hezbollah agents. Although the full autopsy report has not be released, the details that have been made public suggest Nisman’s death will be ruled a suicide.
Nisman was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head in his home on Jan. 18. His family, believing the Argentine authorities to be shielding the responsible parties, has ordered their own private investigation, relying on photographs, videos of the autopsy, and tests conducted by the morgue. The conclusion, according to Nisman’s ex-wife, Sandra Arroyo Salgado, is that he was murdered.
“Nisman didn’t have an accident. He didn’t commit suicide. They murdered him. His death is an assassination of unknown proportions,” she said at a news conference, without naming any suspects.
Nisman was the lead prosecutor for the case of the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Jewish Mutual Association (AMIA) building, in which 85 people were killed and some 300 wounded. He accused Iran of planning and carrying out the attack through its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah. Four days before his death, he had accused President Kirchner and several other officials of protecting those responsible from prosecution, including Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, in return for oil and trade benefits.
The prosecutor had been scheduled to speak to the Congress when his body was discovered, leading many in the country to believe that he had been assassinated in a plot by the Argentine government. For her part, Kirchner had accused Nisman of being manipulated by intelligence officials. Just last week, she introduced a bill to Congress that would disband the Intelligence Secretariat.
By: Atara Beck, World Israel News