The Nisman affair in a nutshell

By Micaela Delfino

Alberto Nisman died on Sunday 18th of January 2015. Nisman was a prosecutor that investigated former President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, during her presidency foreign minister Héctor Timerman had signed a memorandum of understanding with Iran in connection with the 1994 terrorist bombing of the AMIA headquarters, a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. He was determined to prove the connection between Fernandez de Kirchner’s government and the cover-up AMIA attack on that Monday before Congress, but he never made it.

After being appointed head of the case in 2004 by Fernandez’s husband, former president Néstor Kirchner, he soon ruled out the Syrian clue and its local connection, and moved on to the Iranian one, which related the bombing with the Islamic Republic of Iran and the terrorist organization Hezbollah.

The 1994 attack, in which 85 people died, hit an already shaken Jewish population in Argentina, the fifth largest in the world that was still recovering from the 1992 bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires that took 29 lives and wounded nearly 250 people.

The prosecutor investigating this case had not only already received several death threats over the years, but also gone to the media to make it public. However, he was concerned about his safety, so he borrowed a gun from his assistant and friend Diego Lagomarsino. After being found dead with a bullet to the head in his apartment, Lagomarsino was appointed a suspect but was shortly after released.

According to the prosecutor, Argentina’s government would “fabricate the innocence of the suspects”, just to satisfy the commercial, political and geopolitical interests of the Republic. Nisman, with his words, was implying that the country would willingly clear the Iranian suspects, its involvement to the Iranian government, and the attack of the AMIA headquarters in exchange of copious amounts of Iranian oil and gas at favorable prices.

Last December, the case got reopened. As of today, two years after this dreadful event, it is unknown if the death was a suicide, a forced suicide, or a murder and it is still unknown who caused the terrorist bombing of the AMIA headquarters.