Last month, Argentinean federal prosecutor Alberto Nisman died under mysterious circumstances, found dead at his home in Buenos Aires. The lawyer was set to testify during the investigation of the 1994 attack on a Buenos Aires Jewish center, which left 85 people. Nisman apparently had damning evidence against numerous high-ranking Argentinean politicians, including President Kirchner, accusing her of covering up alleged Iranian involvement in the attack more than 20 years ago. Both Kirchner and Iran have rejected these allegations. On January 18th, Nisman was found in his apartment, shot in the head, just hours before he was due to testify. While the death was ruled as a suicide, its convenient timing left many people suspicious.
Judge Fabiano Palmaghini, who is currently investigating the death of Nisman, has ordered tests to try and identify the genetic material found in his apartment. Anybody who could have visited Nisman on the day of his death will be asked to come forward and provide a DNA sample. One long-time friend of Nisman, Diego Lagomarsino, said that he was in the apartment on January 17th, the day before his death. He had lent Nisman the gun that was later found next to his body. Lagomarsino said that Nisman had asked for the gun because he feared for his family’s safety.
Kirchner has accused Lagomarsino to be a “fierce opponent” of the Argentinean government, and also tabled a bill to disband Argentina’s intelligence service. Kirchner claims that an agent had been feeding Nisman false information, in order to turn him against the government. However, many members of Argentina’s opposition have accused the government of ordering Nisman’s death to silence him before he could testify. Days before his scheduled hearing in Congress, he had published a 300-page report on the attack on the Amia Jewish Center, alleging that the president and Foreign Minister Hector Timerman, among others, had conspired to protect Iranian suspects in the bombing case.