(JNS.org) Alberto Nisman, an Argentine prosecutor investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires, was found dead from a gunshot wound in his apartment on Monday, days after he accused Argentine President Cristina Fernandez of secretly negotiating with Iran to avoid punishments for those behind the attack.
The bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) in Buenos Aires killed 85 people and injured 300. Iran and Hezbollah have long been suspected of carrying out the attack. In 2013, Nisman, who had been investigating the bombing after Iran and Argentina reached a widely criticized deal to establish a joint “truth commission” to investigate the attack, released an indictment blaming Iran and Hezbollah for the bombing.
Last week, Nisman asked an Argentine judge to call in Fernandez as well as Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman for questioning. Nisman told reporters that he believed the impunity of the Iranians involved in the attack was ordered by Timerman in exchange for securing closer ties with Iran for oil and weapons deals.
“The president and her foreign minister took the criminal decision to fabricate Iran’s innocence to sate Argentina’s commercial, political, and geopolitical interests,” Nisman had said, The Associated Press reported.
American Jewish Committee Executive Director David Harris, who had met frequently with Nisman, said Monday, “Without question, Alberto was the right man for this challenging assignment. Tenacious and undeterred, he was determined to bring to justice all who were responsible, Iranians, Hezbollah operatives, and Argentineans, for the AMIA massacre. With his passing, will his tireless efforts be continued by others, as he doubtless would have wished, or will they be shelved? The world will be watching.”