January 20, 2015

Prosecutor Nisman Suicide?

O juremos con gloria morir ...
O juremos con gloria morir ...
Da-da da-da da-Daaaaaa …

The temperature of the October Argentine presidential elections just rose quite a few notches in this summertime heat in Buenos Aires. Alberto Nisman was the prosecutor for one of the largest murders in Argentina in the last two decades, when a small Renalt van crashed into the Mutual Israelite Association of Argentina (AMIA in Spanish) in 1994 with 275 kilos of explosives destroying the building and killing 85 victims and one suicide attacker and injuring more than 300 people inside. This attack may have been anti-semitic in nature and most probably anti-Israeli (as the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires was also attacked). Only a decade back, Nisman (also Jewish) was said to be on good terms with the presidential couple: former president Nestor Kirchner (RIP) and his widow, current president, Christina Fernandez de Kirchner. This relationship has since soured with the prosecutor Nisman accusing Christina Fernandez de Kirchner's government of whitewashing -- via what Nisman described as an "accord for the impunity” -- of certain persons accused of the AMIA attack, some of whom are now members of the Iranian government.

Today, January 19th., 2015, Nisman was due to speak about his accusations against the president and her government. In particular he planned to present charges to the president herself, her head of the foreign service, Hector Timerman and various high ranking individuals particularly Luis D’Elía a protestant religious social leader (piquetero--turned politician) who was incorporated into the government by Nestor Kirchner after the 2002 financial collapse which brought them both to power. Timerman signed a memorandum with officials in the Iranian foreign service which Nisman suggested was part of the whitewash of the Iranian government’s part in the AMIA attack.

Instead of arriving to speak about President Fernandez de Kirchner to a house legal committee this morning Nisman was found shot dead in his bathroom in a centre city high rise. There was no note and no obvious evidence as to who killed him, just a gun cartridge and a .22 on the floor of the bathroom where the body was found soaked in Nisman’s own blood.

The government is sticking to the story that Nisman’s death is a suicide. Who knows? Maybe it is?

What this reporter can report from the atmosphere in the Plaza de Mayo tonight is that this level of violence -- so close to the government -- is not acceptable to the Argentine middle classes who turned up in the plaza with candles and signs reading “I AM #NISMAN” The people are demanding an independent enquiry and an Argentine Republic not an Argentine Regime.

O juremos con gloria morir ...
O juremos con gloria morir ...
Da-da da-da da-Daaaaaa … [1]

[1] Final lines of the Argentine national anthem sung over and over again in
Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires tonight to protest the death of Nisman.
[2] Nisman was also quite close to the US government too and was a regular
communicator with the US embassy as revealed by Wikileaks documents
which you can read online here https://search.wikileaks.org/search?q=Nisman

Posted by Tony Phillips at 01:43 AM | Comments (1)