There were several noteworthy developments yesterday regarding the late prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, among them:
National Deputy Elisa Carrió’s testimony about circumstances surrounding Nisman’s death:
National Deputy Elisa Carrió testified before prosecutor Viviana Fein on May 4, 2015. La Nacion, Clarin and Infobae reported on her 34 page testimony.
Carrió’s full testimony in Spanish can be found on Infobae.
In her testimony to Fein, Carrió asserts that:
– since 2012 Argentina has been providing technological assistance or human capital to Iran’s Arak nuclear reactor without notifying the IAEA;
– when in 2013 President Kirchner changed the policies of Argentina with the signing of the MOU, prosecutor Nisman became a “dead man;”
– the security company at the Le Parc condominium where Nisman lived and was found dead, was “a front organization” for Argentina’s intelligence services;
– the federal Security Ministry – which provided Nisman’s security detail on the day he died – had “relaxed” its guard before his death;
– Army Chief Cesar Milani and Cabinet Chief Anibal Fernandez conspired to create a “free zone” around Nisman to allow for his murder.
*“Zona liberada” (‘free zone’) is an old term from the period of the military dictatorship, which meant a corrupt collaboration where “task forces” of the dictatorship or its allied gangs had free reign in an area that the police would not enter. In modern times, it’s a way to talk about areas of Argentina where criminal syndicates run the streets of certain areas and the police don’t go in, usually because of alleged corruption or collaboration in crime. As such, Carrio was painting a picture of a situation where the evidence shows such a failure or relaxation of official security services that some other force went in to kill Nisman.*
Moreover, as reported in Infobae’s coverage of her testimony, Carrió emphasized the alleged involvement of Iranian intelligence operatives present in Uruguay at the time of the AMIA attack that helped plan part of the attack in 1994. Infobae quotes Carrió as saying, “The connection between Iranian intelligence present in Uruguay and the AMIA attack were very strong and everything indicates that they also had a crucial role in the death of prosecutor Nisman. In fact, prosecutor Nisman solicited cooperation with Uruguayan judges on several occasions because his hypothesis was that the terrorist attack was planned in Montevideo.”
Recent Uruguayan articles reported that Mohsen Rabbani, former cultural attaché at the Iranian embassy in Buenos Aires at the time of the attack on the AMIA, lived in a house in Montevideo, bought for him by the Iranian embassy in Uruguay, for a few months before and after the AMIA attack in 1994. INTERPOL issued a red notice for Rabbani in 2007 for his involvement in the AMIA attack.
Senators Rubio and Kirk File Congressional Resolution on Nisman’s Death:
A Senate Resolution introduced by Senator Marco Rubio and Senator Mark Kirk expresses “the sense of the Senate regarding the courageous work and life of Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman,” and calls “for a swift and transparent investigation into his tragic death.”
In a press release Senator Rubio said: “It’s unfortunate that Mr. Nisman did not live long enough to reveal the full extent of his life’s work investigating this attack, but that important work must continue in order to honor the victims and further show the world the true nature of the Iranian terrorist state.”
U.S. Jewish Delegation Travel to Argentina:
The U.S. Jewish Delegation arrives in Argentina, reaffirms support for the local community, and repudiates accusations by President Kirchner.
As La Nacion reports, the 50-member delegation, headed by Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations:
“arrived in the country to support the leaders of the AMIA and the DAIA, accused of ‘treason against the fatherland’ in court, and harassed by various sectors of the national government for their opposition to the Memorandum of Understanding with Iran and their defense of the work of the late prosecutor Alberto Nisman.
“In their meeting with the press, without losing his diplomatic manners, Hoenlein and the leaders who accompanied him to meetings showed themselves to be ‘concerned’ about the offensive against the organized community, as well as the failure to investigate the attacks on the Israeli Embassy and the AMIA and the mysterious death of the prosecutor who had denounced President Cristina Kirchner, Foreign Minister Hector Timerman and Kirchnerist leaders of a whitewash.
“‘Justice for Nisman should not be a political issue, nor should the AMIA bombing. It is a matter of justice, quality of democracy, the example they give to their children,’ Hoenlein said.”
Canadian Law Society on Nisman’s Death:
The Law Society of Upper Canada issued a press release Wednesday voicing the organization’s “deep concern about the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman.” The Law Society reminds the government of Argentina about Principles 16 and 17 of the United Nations’ Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers. Additionally,
“The Law Society urges the government of Argentina to:
– “ensure that the investigation into the death of Alberto Nisman is fair, impartial and independent;
– “ensure that all lawyers can carry out their peaceful and legitimate activities without fear of physical violence or other human rights violations;
– “ensure in all circumstances respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in accordance with international human rights standards and international instruments.”