Did Iran murder Argentina’s crusading prosecutor Alberto Nisman?

Christopher Dickey reports: Since 2005 Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman has been crusading for his vision of justice in the horrific 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people and injured hundreds more. He claimed that Iran was behind it and, more recently, that the Argentine government was trying to block his efforts to prove that.

On Sunday night, Nisman was found dead in his apartment, only hours before he was set to testify before an Argentine parliamentary commission about his allegations.

The circumstances revealed thus far by the police suggest a suicide. The history of Iran’s operations overseas inevitably suggest otherwise. And there are disturbing echoes of the world 20 or 30 years ago when Tehran, often in league with its clients in Hezbollah, waged a global war on the enemies of the Islamic Republic, deploying hit teams second only to the Israelis in their skill at assassination. [Continue reading…]

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2 thoughts on “Did Iran murder Argentina’s crusading prosecutor Alberto Nisman?

  1. Paul Woodward

    You’d have to be a complete idiot to imagine that Israel would murder a prosecutor who was arguing in favor of a case that Israel supports. Israel’s interests were served by Nisman testifying — not by him being dead.

    It seems more likely that Nisman did in fact commit suicide while being blackmailed by his own government. The Guardian reports:

    Nisman presented a 300-page document in court last Wednesday, based on phone wiretaps that he claimed showed close aides of the president involved in secret negotiations with Iran to withdraw Interpol arrest warrants for the suspects as a step towards normalising bilateral relations.

    The judge handling the case of the 1994 bombing criticised Nisman late last week for taking it upon himself to “initiate an investigation without judicial control” and said his evidence was flawed.

    The Argentinian cabinet chief, Jorge Capitanich, had said Nisman’s allegations were “crazy, absurd, illogical, irrational, ridiculous, unconstitutional”.

    Nisman feared that the government would unearth salacious rumours against him and told the press last week: “I have told my 15-year-old daughter to be prepared to hear terrible things about her father.”

    I have no idea what kind of smear campaign Nisman feared, yet the fear of public humiliation is a common cause for people taking their own lives. Even if Nisman did indeed kill himself, he may well also have been in the process of exposing truths that both Argentina and Iran want to keep hidden.

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