A new Argentine police report contradicts the official line on what happened to prosecutor Alberto Nisman—who just days before his death accused then-President Cristina Fernandez of a cover-up of Iran’s role in the 1994 terror attack on a Jewish community (AMIA) center which left 85 people dead and hundreds injured. The 51-year-old prosecutor was found dead in his Buenos Aires apartment on Jan. 18, 2015 with a gunshot wound to the temple, on the very morning he was to have presented his damning report to an Argentine parliament committee.
The earlier police probe claimed he had died by his own hand. But the Argentine federal prosecution ordered the border police to reopen the investigation, following which it found evidence that an attacker put the 22.caliber pistol found beside him to the prosecutor’s head and pulled the trigger.
Had Nisman lived, he would have presented to the lawmakers in Buenos Aires the secret pact that the then-President Fernandez had signed with Iran to absolve four senior Iranian officials of culpability in the worst act of terrorism in Argentine history. It took the prosecutor years, in the face of official obstruction, to gather the evidence that Iran, using Hizballah agents, had been behind the AMIA bombing. Interpol published the names of six Iranians, including Ali Akbar Velayati, foreign minister then and today a senior adviser to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The memorandum Fernandez signed in exchange for oil – and, DEBKAfile adds, for cooperation in developing the Iranian and Argentine nuclear programs, including uranium supplied by Tehran – provided for the suspects to be tried in Iran. Defeated in the last election, the former Argentine president could face charges of high treason if her role in the deal and the cover-up is proven following the reopened probe.
On Feb. 25, 2015, five weeks after Alberto Nisman was murdered at his home in Buenos Aires, DEBKAfile revealed the findings of its own exclusive investigation under the heading: A fake Iranian “defector” assassinated Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman.
Most of these findings are corroborated by the new probe, which also revealed to the Associated Press the cruel method used by the murderers: Nisman was beaten by two people before being drugged. One of his attackers held him while the other shot him in the head. He suffered a broken nasal septum, his hip had received beatings, and he had the drug ketamine in his system.