Court Launches Case On Death Of Prosecutor Investigating Iranian Terror Attack

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An Argentine federal court is taking on the case of the murder of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman as of this Tuesday, which is officially being looking into as a “homicide.”

Alberto Nisman was found dead January 18, 2015 with a single gunshot wound to the head in his apartment, just one day before he was going to testify before the Argentine Congress regarding the outcome of his investigation into the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Argentina. The bombing killed 85 people.

It was believed by Nisman that the government of Iran orchestrated the attack and that the administration of former Argentine President Cristina Kirchner was covering up Iranian links to the terrorist act.

The Argentine Center for Judicial Information, which relies upon the Supreme Court for its authority, has asked that the Attorney General of Argentina launch an investigation into the judge and prosecutor that originally handled the investigation into Nisman’s murder.

A “psychological autopsy” has been ordered regarding Nisman, so as to evaluate and reconstruct his state of mind in the final days and hours before his death. This rather unusual autopsy will look into a variety of different factors such as Nisman’s health, personality, tastes, routines and relationships.

Argentina’s new Anti Corruption Minister Laura Alonso tearfully stated in a December interview on Argentine television that her office will investigate former Kirchner to determine if she had any role in Nisman’s death. A prominent Argentine judicial official in February publicly stated for the first time that it was believed Nisman’s death was “murder” and this may have prompted the recommendation that a federal court take on the case.

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