Nisman Had Planned To Seek Argentina President’s Arrest Over AMIA bombing
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Nisman Had Planned To Seek Argentina President’s Arrest Over AMIA bombing

Argentine special prosecutor Alberto Nisman considered asking for the arrest of the country’s president according to a draft warrant found at his apartment.

In the legal complaint found by police in a trash can at Nisman’s Buenos Aires apartment following his unexplained death two weeks ago, Nisman called for the arrest of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Hector Timerman, who is Jewish.

Had the warrants been issued, “it would have provoked a crisis without precedents in Argentina,” a political analyst, Sergio Berensztein, said in The New York Times.

Nisman seems to have ultimately decided to denounce Kirchner and her government but not seek her immediate arrest.

Nisman, 51, who was heading the probe into the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center, was found shot dead in his apartment on Jan. 18, hours before he was to present evidence to Argentine lawmakers that Kirchner and other government officials covered up Iran’s role in the attack, which killed 85 and injured hundreds.

Clarin, the largest newspaper in Argentina, on Sunday reported the discovery of the draft warrant. The following day, Cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich in a news conference called the report a “lie and garbage,” ripping the article into several pieces in front of journalists and TV cameras.

On Tuesday, Clarin published a copy of Nisman’s draft warrant in which he requests the arrests of Kirchner and Timerman, and requires them to remain in the country.

editor@jewishweek.org

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