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Prosecutor Alberto Nisman (Courtesy of es.panampost.com)

 

By: Florencia Llosas, contributing writer

Documented as the second largest terrorist attack to ever happen in Argentina, the bombing of the AMIA (Argentine Israelite Mutual Association), occurred on July 18, 1994. The car bomb resulted in the death of 85 people, many of whom were young Jewish students, and 300+ non-fatal injuries.

Nisman, the prosecutor handling the case, was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head on his bathroom floor, on January 18, 2015, a day before presenting to Congress a 26-page long document in which he asked for the arrest of the current President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and the Minister of Foreign Relations, Héctor Timerman, under the basis that they had reached a secret agreement with the Iranian government. Such pact was said to include commercial exchanges of Iranian oil for Argentine grain and the lift of the international arrest warrant issued through Interpol in October 25, 2006 by Mr. Nisman regarding the bombing of the Jewish Community Center in 1994.

Nisman had been investigating the attack for ten years before finding any results. In 2006, under Nestor Kirchner’s government, Cristina Fernández former husband and late president of Argentina- the prosecutor formally asked for the arrest of various Iranian officials in connection to the bombing of the AMIA and the deaths caused during said attack. Mr. Nisman even presented the accusations and the evidence to the UN and through Interpol, and asked international arrest warrants for various Iran officials, including Shi’a militia Hezbollah with the bombing, and accusing former president of Iran, Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani and seven others who are currently still in office, of instructing Hezbollah of carrying out the attack. Under the Argentinian law, the Iranian government had to be tried on an Argentine court for said allegations.

Moreover, after Cristina Fernández assumed presidency, the President formally announced she had talked to the Iranian government regarding the accusations, and that both parties were working to resolve the problem. The prosecutor publicly complained about President Fernández de Kirchner’s actions a week before he was pronounced dead by suicide.

The New York Times latest article regarding the case reports that the draft containing the evidence for the President’s undercover dealings were found on Mr. Nisman’s trashcan, which has led to further inquiries to whether or not the death of the prosecutor was indeed a suicide, like the President announced on one of her speeches.