Argentina authorities to investigate prosecutor’s death

Argentina authorities to investigate prosecutor’s death

[JURIST] Argentine authorities said Tuesday they would full investigate the death of the prosecutor who had accused [JURIST report] President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of covering up Iran’s involvement in a 1994 terrorist attack. Prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead on Sunday, the day before he was scheduled to testify about his accusation. Argentine Security Minister Sergio Berni said [NYT report] that evidence at the scene coupled with autopsy results indicate Nisman committed suicide. However, Viviana Fein, the prosecutor investigating Nisman’s death, announced [Buenos Aires Herald report] that she has not ruled out an inducement to suicide and will look into any threats or pressure that may have been directed toward him in the days before his death. Kirchner did not comment on Nisman’s death.

Nisman had been appointed to lead the investigation of the 1994 bombing of the Argentinian Jewish Mutual Association, a terrorist attack that left 85 dead and injured 300 others. In his accusation, Nisman claimed that the current administration negotiated with the Iranian government to cover up Iran’s involvement in exchange for oil to ease Argentina’s energy deficit. An appeals court in Argentina ruled in May that a controversial agreement between Argentina and Iran to investigate the 1994 bombing was unconstitutional [JURIST report]. The two nations signed the agreement [JURIST report] in January 2013, which permitted Argentine authorities to question the Iranian suspects under Interpol arrest warrants, but only in Tehran. The agreement also angered Jewish groups who said that the deal empowered Iran without bringing any suspects to justice. No one has been convicted in connection with the bombing.