Published On: Mon, Jan 19th, 2015

Alberto Nisman Found Dead after Criticizing Argentina of Covering Up 1994 Terror Attack

Argentine prosecutor Nisman during a meeting with journalists in Buenos Aires

Alberto Nisman, who was appointed by Argentina’s President 10 years ago to investigate who was really behind the worst terror attack in the country’s history, was found shot dead in his apartment after accusing the present government of a cover-up, as reported by the Daily Telegraph. Special Prosecutor Alberto Nisman was selected by Nestor Kirchner, the late husband of the current President, Cristina Fernandez, to look into the 1994 bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association in Buenos Aires, which claimed the lives of 85. A year later, Nisman released an indictment saying that Iran planned the attack and Hezbollah carried it out. Iran denied masterminding the attack, and the issue seemed to have been laid to rest, but Nisman didn’t give up.

After a 10 year investigation, Nisman concluded in a 300 page report that not only was Iran behind the terror attack, but that the government of Argentina was motivated to cover it up to secure a special oil deal with Iran. Nisman alleged in a statement, “The president and her foreign minister (Hector Timerman) took the criminal decision to fabricate Iran’s innocence to sate Argentina’s commercial, political and geopolitical interest.” The Cristina Fernandez administration has dismissed the accusation as “ridiculous.” No one was arrested in connection with the bombings.

Nisman was due to present the results of the investigation at a congressional committee hearing on Monday, but he was found locked in his bathroom, dead with a gun by his side. Nisman’s mother found her son’s body after not being able to contact him. She went over to his apartment, the police broke open the bathroom door, and discovered his body. “We are asking for caution while we wait for more information, ” said fellow prosecutor Vviana Fein, “In the coming days, we will know what happened. We found a weapon.”

Clarin, a newspaper critical of the government reported that a few days before his body was found, Nisman said, “I could end up dead because of this.”

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