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Monday, January 19, 2015

Oh my: AMIA prosecutor murdered hours before he was to testify on government coverup?

Alberto Nisman, the prosecutor in the 1994 suicide bombing of the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, was found dead in his apartment on Sunday night, hours before he was to testify that Argentine President Cristina Kirchner had covered up Iranian involvement in the suicide bombing.
Nisman had filed a 300-page complaint naming Fernández, Timerman and others of seeking to “erase” Iran’s role in the bombing at the AMIA community center offices in which 85 people were killed. He had said he wanted to question the president and other officials whom he claimed were involved in the cover-up.
Nisman claimed that the president had decided to “not incriminate” former senior Iranian officials for their roles in planning the bombing, and instead has sought a rapprochement with Tehran, “establishing trade relations to mitigate Argentina’s severe energy crisis,” the Buenos Aires Herald reported.
When her agreement with Iran was challenged in the Argentinean courts, “and here is the criminal (aspect), the president ordered to divert the investigation, abandoning years of a legitimate demand of justice, and sought to free the Iranians imputed (in the case) from all suspicions, contradicting their proven ties with the attack.
“The president and her foreign minister took the criminal decision to fabricate Iran’s innocence to sate Argentina’s commercial, political and geopolitical interests,” the newspaper quoted Nisman as alleging.
Last May, an Argentine court declared unconstitutional an agreement Between the Argentinian government and Iran to jointly probe the 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish center. The agreement had been approved in 2013 by Argentina’s congress, at the request of the executive branch. Nisman consistently argued that the agreement constituted “undue interference of the executive branch in the exclusive sphere of the judiciary.”
Since 2006, Argentine courts have demanded the extradition of eight Iranians, including former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, former defense minister Ahmad Vahidi and Mohsen Rabbani, Iran’s former cultural attache in Buenos Aires, over their alleged involvement in the bombing.
Police initially called Nisman's death a suicide. I don't believe that and you shouldn't either. Nisman long-claimed that Iran was behind the AMIA attack and believed that Argentina was not the only Latin American country that Iran had infiltrated. Kirchner and Timmerman have been trying for a long time to have the charges dropped in order to improve relations with Iran.

Nisman was murdered. He was murdered by the Iranians or by someone acting on their behalf. The only question is whether Kirchner and Timmerman were involved directly as well.

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