Alberto Nisman Case: Update

There has been yet another turn of the plot in the mysterious circumstances surrounding Alberto Nisman’s death. The story has been two decades in the making, as Alberto Nisman began investigating the key actors behind the 1994 bombing of the Jewish center in Argentina which killed 85 people. Nisman discovered that Iranian terrorists were behind the attack; what was truly shocking, however, was the discovery that former first lady and current president of Argentina, Christina Fernandez, was part of a conspiracy to cover up the perpetrators of the bombing. For twenty years, Nisman had been gathering this information. About a month ago, the day before he was to present these findings to the Argentine Congress, Nisman was found dead in his apartment, a firearm by his side. The government’s initial reaction was to proclaim it a suicide; most Argentinians, however, believe that, even if Nisman took his own life, he did it under direct threat from an agent of Fernandez’s. Last week, another revelation made the suicide angle look doubtful: not only was Nisman going to reveal the information to Congress, but he had also filed a warrant for the arrest of the Argentine president. With Nisman dead, imprisonment was no longer a threat for Fernandez. This week, as detailed in the BBC article linked below, another piece of evidence has emerged: there has been unidentified- and unexplainable- DNA found in Nisman’s apartment. In the months before his death, Nisman knew that he was in danger, so very few people had access to his apartments. Even his personal bodyguards could not gain entry; on the day that Nisman’s body was discovered, his bodyguards had to contact his mother to enter the apartment and find out why Nisman had not exited on schedule, so rigorous was Nisman’s security. The fact that there is DNA that cannot be explained does not prove indefinitely, but does support, the theory that Nisman did not, in fact, commit suicide of his own volition. If this is so (and all signs are pointing to it), it means that the world is seeing yet another layer being peeled away in the complicated web which has been twenty years in the making. The implications for Argentina’s government, as western powers will denounce its actions and its own people distrust it even more, is yet to be seen. However, it is probable that Argentina will see a purging of government officials as the country tries to save face and, perhaps, the removal of Christina Fernandez from the presidency. Ultimately, however, the result will be even greater political instability for the country.

Nelly Dimov


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