Donya Akhawan Jam, ‘Doah Staff Writer
February 4, 2015
On Jan. 18, Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead in his apartment. Police suggested it was a suicide, but many believed that this was an assassination.
In 1994, the AMIA Jewish Community Center was bombed, leaving 85 people dead and hundreds injured. Nisman was the top prosecutor in the investigation.
Nisman was found dead hours before a testimony he was due to give to Congress on his findings. He believed that the Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez was covering the Iranian regime’s involvement in the bombing.
Iran is suspected to be behind the AMIA bombing. In 2007, the Interpol listed a number of the Iranian regime’s top officials as suspects. They are on the Interpol’s red notice list. The red notice is “the closest thing to an international arrest warrant.”
In an article by the New York Times, they stated, “Intercepted conversations between representatives of the Iranian and Argentine governments point to a long pattern of secret negotiations to reach a deal in which Argentina would receive oil in exchange for shielding Iranian officials from charges that they orchestrated the bombing of a Jewish community center in 1994.”
This was part of Nisman’s findings as he was going to present to Congress.
People in Argentina and around the world were outraged after hearing about his death. Thousands of Argentines took to the streets to protest. Demonstrators held posters that read, “Yo Soy Nisman,” meaning, “I am Nisman.” They also held signs saying, “We’re all Nisman; will you kill us all?”
In a press release by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, he called on the Secretary of State John Kerry “to support the establishment of an “independent, internationally assisted investigation” into the death of Alberto Nisman.
Nisman is considered as the 86th victim of the 1994 bombing. According to an article in the Atlantic, “Nisman has since been named the AMIA bombing’s “86th victim” in a number of tributes.”
Alberto Nisman’s death was truly a sad day for the victims and families of the attack, people of Argentina and justice. But just as history has proved, justice will prevail, and this case isn’t an exception.