Alberto Nisman’s death has sparked political revolt against President Kirchner in Argentina.
BUENOS AIRES – Alberto Nisman’s death on February 18 sent shockwaves through Argentina, as people suspected he was a victim of foul play.
Mr Nisman was a prosecutor who released a report charging that President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was conspiring to cover up Iran’s alleged involvement in the 1992 bombing of a Jewish community centre.
Iran has repeatedly denied any involvement in the attack and alleged that Fernandez conspired with Tehran to whitewash Nisman’s investigations in return for economic favours.
It’s been reported that Nisman drafted an arrest warrant for President Kirchner when his investigation ended.
“A petition for the president’s arrest is contained in a 26-page draft written by Nisman last June”, said prosecutor Viviana Fein.
Nisman lacked the power to order her arrest himself, but planned to petition Judge Ariel Lijo to order the president’s detention once she was impeached by Congress, as he expected would occur once his charges became public.
In February, thousands of people poured into the streets of Buenos Aires to honour Nisman, who has become a symbol of opposition to President Kirchner’s deceit of the Argentinian people.
The protest, organised by state prosecutors was one of the largest demonstrations that President Kirchner has seen in her seven years in office.
“It’s really as strange as a march for better government would be if called for by cabinet ministers,” Fernández said.
Argentinians are now calling for the arrest of President Kirchner for her involvement in covering up the attack, and for the alleged murder of Alberto Nisman.
Nisman had spent years investigating the 1992 bomb attack on the Amia Jewish community centre in downtown Buenos Aires which killed 85 people.
According to his investigation, Iran was the prime suspect in the blast.
– Maggie Triantafillou, Correspondent (South America)
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