Monday, January 19, 2015

Special prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead in his apartment hours before he was set to testify in a high-profile case on Monday. Nisman alleged that Argentine President Cristina Kirchner covered up Iran’s role in the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center. It appears as though his commitment to the truth may have cost him his life.

Just a few days before Nisman was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head, he told a newspaper that his involvement in the case “might kill him.” Though his death was reported as a suicide, its timing has certainly raised eyebrows.

Since 2004, Nisman had been investigating the bombing of the Argentine Jewish Charities Federation more than 20 years ago, which killed 85 people. The probe was stalled for years by Kirchner, who tried to mask Iran’s role in the bombing to encourage Islamic trade with the region. Reuters reported that Argentine authorities initiated a scheme to clear the suspect of the bombing in order to secure trade of grains for much-needed Iranian oil.

The Blaze reports that Times of Israel editor David Horovitz, who interviewed Nisman multiple times since 1994, credited the prosecutor with tracing the evidence in “the worst-ever terrorist attack in Argentina” back to a meeting of the Iranian leadership. Horovitz claims that Nisman told him seven years ago that he was receiving “death threats, including one that he found recorded on his home answering machine which was particularly troubling because his daughter was standing next to him when he played it.”

“Nisman did not appear particularly fazed by the threats, saying lightly that he had no plans to visit the Islamic Republic. He also swore that he would not cease his work on the case until the perpetrators and orchestrators had been tried, convicted and jailed,” Horovitz recalled.

Nisman, who had 10 bodyguards, was found on his bathroom floor next to a .22-caliber handgun and shell casing. It was his bodyguards who called his mother to report that he was not answering his phone or his door on Sunday afternoon and newspapers were piled up on his front steps. His door had been locked from the inside, so a locksmith was called to open the apartment.

The Israeli foreign ministry released this statement in response to the untimely death:

“Nisman, a courageous jurist of high stature and a fearless fighter for justice, worked with great determination to expose the identities of the attack’s perpetrators and their dispatchers. The State of Israel hopes the authorities in Argentina will continue Nisman’s activity and make every possible effort to bring to justice those responsible for attacks in Argentina.”

With Nisman essentially out of the way, it is unlikely that the investigation into the terrible bombing at the Argentine Jewish center will continue. Do you think he really committed suicide? It doesn’t seem plausible considering his years of hard work were about come to fruition. Give us your take on this disturbing case in the comments section.

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