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Monday, January 19, 2015

Argentine Prosecutor Who Accused Fernandez Of Iran Plot FoundDead




January 19, 2015 8:58 am

Argentine prosecutor who accused Fernandez of Iran plot found dead

Reuters
Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who is investigating the 1994 car-bomb attack on the AMIA Jewish community center, speaks during a meeting with journalists at his office in Buenos Aires in this May 29, 2013 file photo. Nisman, who had accused President Cristina Fernandez last week of trying to whitewash Argentina's worst ever bombing has been found dead in his flat, local media reported on January 19, 2015. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci/Files (ARGENTINA - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW OBITUARY)©Reuters
BUENOS AIRES, Jan 19 - The Argentine prosecutor who had accused President Cristina Fernández last week of trying to whitewash Argentina's worst ever bombing has been found dead in his flat, local media reported on Monday.
Alberto Nisman (above), the state prosecutor investigating the 1994 blast at a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people, said last Wednesday that Ms Fernandez had opened a secret back channel to a group of Iranians suspected of planting the bomb.
He had said the scheme intended to clear the suspects so Argentina could start swapping grain for much-needed oil from Iran.
Ambito Financiero and other Argentine dailies reported Nisman was found dead in his bathtub in his flat in the Buenos Aires district of Puerto Madero.
Lawmaker Patricia Bullrich told television channel TN that members of parliament would meet on Monday morning to discuss the situation.
Nisman had been due to appear in front of lawmakers on Monday afternoon to explain his accusations against the president.
The security ministry could not be immediately reached for comment.
Argentine courts have accused Iran of sponsoring the 1994 bombing, a charge Iran denies.
In 2013, Fernandez tried to form a "truth commission" with Iran to jointly investigate the bombing. She said at the time that the pact would reactivate the probe, but Israel and Jewish groups said it threatened to derail criminal prosecution of the case.
The commission pact was later struck down by an Argentine court.
Nisman had said the commission was intended to help get Interpol arrest warrants dropped against five Iranian suspects as a step toward normalising bilateral relations.