Alberto Nisman, the Argentine prosecutor who died Jan. 18 while investigating a government cover-up of Iran’s 1994 bombing a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, had a draft warrant in his apartment to arrest the country’s president and foreign minister.
The draft, found in a trashcan in his apartment, singled out President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman for arrest, naming them complicit in covering up Iran’s role in the attack, reported The New York Times.
The note’s existence confirms that Nisman had explicit plans to identify Kirchner and her government as participants in the cover-up, and adds to the pile of evidence that he was assassinated. Despite Kircher’s original claim that Nisman’s death was a suicide, an investigator into the incident showed that his bullet wound was in the back of the head on his non-dominant side. There was also no gunpowder on his hand. (RELATED: Prosecutor That Accused Argentina Of Terror Cover Up Found Dead)
Nisman was scheduled to testify about his investigation before Argentina’s Congress just hours after he was found dead in his apartment. He had alleged that Kirchner lobbied Interpol, the international law enforcement agency, to lift arrest warrants on certain Iranian officials.
According to leading Argentine newspaper Clarín, Nisman had prepared the draft memo in June 2014, over six months before going public with his accusations against Kirchner.
He had been assigned 10 federal agents for his protection, but none were on duty when he died.
Since Nisman’s death, the president has introduced a bill to dissolve Argentina’s intelligence service. Kirchner, the widow of former Argentine president Néstor Kirchner, has been tainted by allegations of corruption throughout her tenure.
The Jewish community center attack which Nisman was investigating killed 85 people, making it the worst terror attack in Argentine history.
Argentina has Latin America’s largest Jewish population, and is one of the region’s most ethnically diverse societies. Nevertheless, Argentine Jews, of whom Nisman was one, face discrimination throughout the country. A recent Anti-Defamation League survey claimed that 24 percent of Argentines hold “anti-Semitic attitudes,” compared to 9 percent in the United States.
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