Remembering Argentina Prosecutor Alberto Nisman (December 5 1963 – January 18 2015)

“Over the next few weeks, every Argentine seemed to have an opinion about how Nisman had died; the case became the Latin-American equivalent of the J.F.K. assassination, grist for conspiracy theories involving spies and foreign governments and conniving politicians. Posters across Buenos Aires asked: Who killed Nisman?”

The New Yorker

“I am not going to speculate because I do not know who killed him but, yes, there are possibly ‘dark forces’ at work in this country.”

Horacio Verbitzky — Argentina journalist and human rights campaigner

“The challenge is very complex. If this had been investigated differently from the start, this would be a whole different thing.”

Federal prosecutor Eduardo Taiano

Argentina Prosecutor Alberto Nisman (December 5 1963 – January 18 2015)

Three years later,  the mysterious death of special prosecutor Albert Nisman is still an unresolved case.

The 52-year-old was found dead in his apartment on January 18 2015. On the next day, Nisman was scheduled to testify before Congress that Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (along with members of her government) had attempted to cover-up a deal that protected the perpetrators of the 1994 bombing of AMIA, a Buenos Aires Jewish cultural center.

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Former Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman – relying on the testimony of an Iranian defector named Abolghasem Mesbahi (Intel Today: I was able to communicate with Abolghasem Mesbahi but I never met with him in person.) – had accused President Cristina Kirchner of shielding Iranian officials from prosecution over the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center.

There is no doubt that Nisman’s investigation was receiving some help from the US and Israel intelligence agencies.

Alberto Nisman has by now been ‘murdered’ although his death was at first quickly reported as a ‘suicide’.

“An Argentinian prosecutor was murdered four days after he formally accused the then president Cristina Fernández of covering up the role of Iranian officials in connection with the country’s deadliest terror attack, a border police investigation has found.

The report, obtained by the Associated Press, bases its conclusions on controversial new evidence and sharply contradicts earlier official findings that Alberto Nisman likely killed himself.” [Guardian — November 6 2017]

General Cesar Milani — arrested on February 17 2017 under charges of kidnapping and tortures — is a suspect in the death of the former prosecutor Alberto Nisman. Former officers of Argentina Intelligence Services are also suspected.

Staged Suicide

Federal prosecutor Eduardo Taiano told the AP that Nisman’s death was the most complicated criminal case he had ever investigated. Taiano, who took over the stalled case from another judge in 2016 following a supreme court order, requested a multidisciplinary border police team take a fresh look after an investigation that had been highly questioned for mishandling of evidence and other irregularities.

Taiano said that the agency, whose main role was to guard borders and fight drug trafficking, was chosen because it hadn’t been involved in the earlier, much-questioned investigation.

The border police report says Nisman was beaten by two people who drugged him and placed him in front of his bathtub. While one of the attackers held him under the armpits “as in a hug” the other placed the gun on his head and shot him. It was about 2:46am on a Sunday.

The investigation listed key evidence that wasn’t mentioned in previous reports: Nisman’s nasal septum was broken, he had suffered blows to his hip and other areas, and ketamine, a drug with strong anaesthetic properties, was in his body

In the La Tablada Jewish cemetery, the bodies of those who killed themselves are relegated to a far corner. Nisman is buried with the victims of the AMIA attack.

Who Killed Alberto Nisman? – In Search of Truth in Argentina

REFERENCES

Argentina: detienen a César Milani, el exjefe del Ejército en la época de Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, en relación a secuestros durante el último régimen militar — BBC

Former Argentine Army Chief Arrested On Dirty War Charges — telesur

Alberto Nisman: How and why did Argentina prosecutor die? — BBC NEWS

Death of a Prosecutor — The New Yorker

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Remembering Argentina Prosecutor Alberto Nisman (December 5 1963 – January 18 2015)

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