Argentinean police has issued a report Sunday confirming that the death of special prosecutor Alberto Nisman on January 18, 2015, was the result of murder.
Nisman, who was 51 when he died, was the child of a middle-class Jewish family in Buenos Aires, was Special Prosecutor in charge of investigating the 1994 terrorist bombing of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA). According to the AP, Police now say Nisman was murdered – four days after he had launch a formal accusation against then-President Cristina Fernandez, whom he said had covered up how Iranian officials carried out the bombing of the Jewish community center, killing 85.
According to AP, the new report is based on new evidence which contradicts an earlier report pinning Nisman’s death on a suicide – because police found a .22 caliber gun next to his body. The new report concludes the suicide was staged, pointing out investigators did not find traces of gunpowder on Nisman’s hands.
Federal prosecutor Eduardo Taiano, who took over the case in 2016, used a border police team in his probe, explaining that they could be trusted since they had not been involved in the original investigation – they are mostly engaged in fighting drug trafficking. Taiano’s team concluded that Nisman had been beaten by two people who drugged him and dumped his body in his apartment bathroom, where they shot him in the head.
The team noted several findings that had gone missing from the first report, such as the fact that Nisman’s nasal septum— the bone and cartilage in the nose that separates the nasal cavity into the two nostrils—was broken; he suffered blows to his hip the rest of his body; and a strong anesthetic was discovered in his body.