Suspicious prints found near late Argentine prosecutor’s apartment

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( Investigators have found suspicious prints near the apartment of late Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires.

Nisman was found dead from a gunshot wound in his apartment on Monday, days after he accused Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of secretly negotiating with Iran to avoid punishments for those behind the attack.

A 22-caliber pistol was found at Nisman’s side, with a single gunshot wound to his head and both doors locked in what government officials said appeared to be a suicide. But according to the Argentine daily newspaper El Littoral, investigators have found suspicious fingerprints and footprints in an air conditioning service entrance into the apartment. The prints have been sent for analysis. 

Another Argentine newspaper, Clarin, is reporting that Nisman’s neighbor is an Iranian—fueling speculation that the prosecutor was murdered by an agent of Iran’s government.

The 1994 bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association in Buenos Aires killed 85 people and injured 300. Iran and Hezbollah have long been suspected of carrying out the attack. In 2013, Nisman, who had been investigating the bombing after Iran and Argentina reached a widely criticized deal to establish a joint “truth commission” to investigate the attack, released an indictment blaming Iran and Hezbollah for the bombing. 

Last week, Nisman asked an Argentine judge to call in Fernandez as well as Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman for questioning. Nisman had told reporters that he believes the impunity of the Iranians involved in the attack was ordered by Timerman in exchange for securing closer ties with Iran for oil and weapons deals.

Posted on January 21, 2015 .