Argentine official to review evidence on Nisman death

The justice official probing the death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman said she would review new findings suggesting that he was murdered.

Prosecutor Viviana Fein made the March 6 announcement to journalists about the unsolved death. Nisman’s body was found at his home on Jan. 18 hours before he was scheduled to deliver testimony on Iran’s alleged involvement in the deadly 1994 terrorist attack on Argentine Jews.

Nisman was about to accuse Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of covering up for former Iranian officials accused of being involved in the AMIA Jewish center bombing that claimed 85 lives, sources close to Nisman said.

Nisman was found in his bathroom with a weapon and a fatal wound to his head. His ex-wife, federal judge Sandra Arroyo Salgado, said on March 5 that he was murdered, citing an independent forensic report as proof. Fein, however, said that she could neither confirm nor discount the claims at this stage.

Still, Fein now says she will convene the authors of the independent forensic report to examine their evidence.

Nisman, who was Jewish, was the investigating prosecutor assigned to the AMIA bombing, and he accused Iran of masterminding the attack. He was a staunch critic of Kirchner’s controversial decision last year to reinvestigate the attack along with Iranian officials.

Waldo Wolff, vice president of DAIA, the Jewish political umbrella in Argentina, said if the case is revealed to be a murder, there could be “unpredictable consequences for the country.” — jta


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