The Death of Alberto Nisman

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2 Years and 6 Months after The Death of Nisman

You might have read about the death of Alberto Nisman and wondered what happened after all this time. Nisman was investigating the former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. His death sparked protests across Argentina and the World.

Background

On 18 July 1994, 85 people were killed and several people were injured when a van containing explosives drove into the Jewish Community Centre in Retiro (AMIA). It was and still is the deadliest bombing Argentina has ever faced.

Following the bombing an investigation was carried out in Argentina to discover who committed the attack and who had helped supply the explosives. Despite a large scale investigation taking place, nobody was ever convicted of the bombing, something which lead President Nestor Kirchner in 2005 to describe as “a national disgrace”.

Who was Alberto Nisman?

Alberto Nisman was appointed by President Nestor Kirchner (the late husband of the former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner) to investigate the bombing.

He was initially seen to go about this task with great vigor, and in 2006 he formally accused Iran of being behind the attack.

Nisman was due to formally present his findings at a congressional hearing and perhaps the most explosive part of the report, was that he was going to accused Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Hector Timmerman of obstructing his investigation.

However on 18 January 2015, Nisman was found dead in his apartment in Puerto Maduro, with a single gunshot wound to his head. No suicide note was found and he had reportedly told his family that someone might try to kill him as a result of his investigation.

Why would the Argentine government want to obstruct the investigation?

It has been argued that the Argentine government had helped cover up the investigation in return for positive trade relations with Iran (in particular swapping grain for much needed Iranian oil).

There have also been accusations leveled at former President Carlos Menem and members of the Argentine spy agency (Intelligence Secretariat), that they received secret payments from Iran into a Swiss bank accounts.

How has the President reacted?

Fernandez de Kirchner denies allegations that her government was involved in the death, but says she “is convinced” that Nisman’s death was not suicide.

Yesterday she claimed that rogue members of the Intelligence Secretariat, were behind Sr Nisman’s death in an attempt to undermine her political party. Her response was to formally disband the Intelligence Secretariat and propose replacing it with a new agency.

Whether this will help solve the problem or is just a tactic used by the former President to deflect the attention away from herself has again been widely debated.

At this point, the story has still got a lot to come out, so hopefully we will receive more information as time goes on.

Rather ominously, before he died Nisman stated “sooner rather than later the truth will triumph, I am confident of that”. I will let you decide if you feel the same way!