Recently, The Week wrote an article entitled “Argentina is in the Midst of a Full-Blown Meltdown.” Lets’s take a look at the situation.
In January, Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, 51, made accusations that top Argentine officials, including President Fernandez de Kirchner, had conspired with Iran to cover up responsibility for a 1994 bombing of a Jewish center. That bombing killed 85 people and injured hundreds.
Nisman claimed the bombing was part of a deal that would supply Iranian oil to Argentina.
Mr. Nisman’s body was discovered on January 18th of this year at his home. It was the day before he was to testify before lawmakers about those accusations. His door on the 13th floor had been locked from the inside, and a gun with a spent cartridge was found on the floor near his body. There was no suicide note, though it had the appearance of a suicide.
Mr. Nisman had drafted a warrant for the arrest of Argentina’s president – Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner – and had accused her of trying to shield Iranian officials from responsibility in the 1994 bombing, the lead investigator into his death said.
In February, a few days before a speech given by the president, a federal judge, Daniel Rafecas, threw out allegations that Ms. Fernández de Kirchner and her officials had obstructed an investigation into the terror attack, states the Economist.
Recently, the BBC reported that the family of the deceased Argentine prosecutor Nisman had independent tests conducted that show that Nisman was murdered, according to family members.
At a news conference, Mr Nisman’s ex-wife said the findings ruled out theories of accident or suicide.
Sandra Arroyo Salgado, Mr Nisman’s ex-wife, said a team of experts had made their conclusions based on reports from a post-mortem examination and forensic evidence.
Ms Arroyo Salgado, who is also a federal judge, added that her report was at “the disposal of the prosecutor and judge” involved with the official investigation into Mr. Nisman’s death, states the BBC.
Despite telling journalists the report’s conclusions, Arroyo Salgado has not released the full details of the document.
The family report concludes:
1.) There were no spasms in Mr Nisman’s right hand, suggesting he had not shot himself
2.) Additionally, no gunpowder residue was found on his hands
3.) The prosecutor had been shot in the back of the head
4.) Mr Nisman’s body had been moved to the bathroom once he was shot
5.) The prosecutor was apparently not drunk at the time