In President Cristina Kirchner latest letter, she professes no doubt that Nisman’s death was not a suicide, contrary to her previous claims but goes on to say the Prosecutor’s report was riddled with inaccurate information.
In a strange turn of events, the president of Argentina says the death of prosecutor who tried to pin her with covering up Iran’s role in the deadly bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires in 1994 was not a suicide, saying she had no doubt there was foul play.
Argentine President Cristina Kirchner took to Twitter to voice her opinion on the death of Alberto Nisman, which many have said she might have played a role in.
As pressure and anger mounted in the South American country after Nisman’s death, especially towards the president – Kirchner’s latest comments go against the official stance of the Argentine government which claimed Nisman’s death was a suicide.
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“I have no proof, but I have no doubt. I am convinced that it was not a suicide,” President Kirchner wrote, expressing her support of an article in a local paper that stated that a report by Nisman claiming that Iran was behind the deadly 1994 attack on the Jewish center did not hold water.
In a long letter written in the first person by the president, the second such letter that has been written since Nisman’s death, Kirchner wrote: “They used (Nisman) while he was alive and then they needed him dead. It is sad and terrible.”
Kirchner praised the Argentine daily “The Buenos Aires Herald” for an article it published which said that Nisman’s report did not shed any new information regarding the 1994 attack and failed to prove that there was a government cover-up of Iran’s alleged planning of the attack.
Nisman had accused President Kirchner of taking part in the Iranian cover-up in order for Argentina to benefit from trade deals with Iran.
“The Buenos Aires Herald was right,” said President Kirchner. The Argentine president claimed that Nisman’s report was planted with false information. “Nisman’s accusation not only crumbles but it became a real political and judicial scandal,” the president wrote. “Prosecutor Nisman did not know that the intelligence agents that he listed were never members of the Intelligence Ministry.”
The President also wrote that one of the intelligence officers Nisman identified, which Kirchner said was not actually an intelligence officer, had previously been charged with influence peddling by the Intelligence Ministry.
Nisman, 51, was found dead on Monday in his bathroom in a puddle of blood with a .22 caliber handgun and a casing next to his body. The door to the bathroom was locked.
Police investigators in Buenos Aires found a fingerprint and a footprint in a previously unknown third entrance to his apartment. The entrance was a hallway that is often used by the building’s air conditioning technicians. Investigators are now trying to determine how anyone could have accessed the hallway and whether a person could have reached the bathroom where Nisman’s body was found.
A top government official said on Wednesday that Nisman was tricked into believing that two men who formed the backbone of his case against President Kirchner were government spies.
“They sold him on a connection that did not exist,” said Anibal Fernandez, the president’s chief of staff.
Asked by a reporter if Nisman had been “totally naive”, Fernandez replied: “You said it better than me.”
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