The execution style death of a prosecutor investigating anti-Semitic terrorism in Argentina back in January might have been a political hit job related to Iran and was definitely “murder,” according to the new Anti-Corruption Minister.
Prosecutor Alberto Nisman was allegedly murdered according to Anti Corruption Minister Laura Alonso for looking to investigate former President Cristina Kirchner and her Cabinet Chief, Aníbal Fernández. Nisman was found dead in his Buenos Aires apartment in January. Authorities found that Nisman had a single gunshot wound to the head. The day after his death, Nisman was supposed to testify before the Argentina’s Congress and present the findings of an investigative report regarding the bombing of a Jewish community center in Argentina in 1994 which killed 85 people.
Mr. Nisman was going to publicly allege that the government of former President Cristina Kirchner had aided Iran in covering up its role in the anti Semitic act of terrorism in exchange for favorable economic dealings regarding Argentine agricultural exports and Iranian oil imports. After his death, investigative journalists in Argentina proved that police mishandled evidence at the scene of Mr. Nisman’s death. While President Kirchner was already increasingly unpopular before Nisman’s death, there is little doubt that his passing surely aided the election campaign of the conservative president-elect.
When asked for comment regarding the death of Mr. Nisman,Toby Dershowitz who was a friend of Nisman and is the Vice President of Government Relations and Strategy at the non-partisan think tank, Foundation for Defense of Democracies had the following to say via email:
Argentina’s reputation when it comes to corruption has been detrimental to achieving its potential. If in her new role as head of the anti-corruption bureau, Deputy Alonso can succeed in setting new standards and implementing a zero-tolerance corruption policy, that can go a long way in getting to the bottom of some of the major crises that have soiled the government’s reputation. This includes the investigation of the terrorist attack on the AMIA Jewish community center in which prosecutor Alberto Nisman found Iran culpable, Nisman’s formal complaint that the prior government sought to cover-up Iran’s role in that attack, and the investigation into Nisman’s suspicious death. Nisman pursued his investigations with immense courage by following the trails wherever they lead. Alonso has the opportunity to do the same if Argentina lets her.
On Wednesday, Juan Pablo Vigliero, the lawyer hired by Mr. Nisman’s family gave a talk at Harvard University in which he discussed the status of Mr. Nisman’s case and how justice may be sought in international courts. Mr. Nisman’s death and its unusual circumstances was widely reported by U.S. and international media alike. So far while there is much evidence pointing towards Mr. Nisman having been murdered, no independent media inquiry has yet to determine anything conclusive regarding government involvement in his death.
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