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Investigating Hezbollah Got An Argentinian Prosecutor Killed

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JP Carroll National Security & Foreign Affairs Reporter

A senior judicial official in Argentina has declared the January, 2015, death of a prosecutor investigating Hezbollah-linked anti-Semitic terrorism in Argentina a murder.

Nisman was found dead Jan. 18 just as he was preparing to testify before Argentina’s Congress with evidence of his investigation concluding that former Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and her government had covered up the involvement of the Iranian government and Hezbollah in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center (AMIA) in Argentina. The bombing killed 85 people.

At first it was reported Nisman died due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. After this initial claim, it was then revealed police investigating Nisman’s death were not handling the investigation properly.

Prosecutor Ricardo Saenz’s statement regarding Nisman’s death is the first time an official within Argentina’s judicial branch has publicly stated Nisman may have been the victim of a homicide. The new conservative government of Mauricio Macri, which came to power in December, 2015, stated it will be investigating corruption in the former Kirchner administration.

The anti-corruption minister has made it clear through a tearful declaration on national television she believes Nisman was murdered, and she will get to the bottom of the matter in investigating Kirchner.

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