For the first time a judicial official has affirmed what many suspected: Alberto Nisman was murdered.
It’s been one year since Alberto Nisman was found dead on the very morning he was due to testify before the Argentina Congress about his investigation into the AMIA bombing. Nothing much has changed since, just more questions.
July 18th will mark the 21st anniversary of the 1994 AMIA bombing. Sadly, that case remains unsolved. On August 6th a new trial will start to investigate high-ranking public officials of covering up one of the worst terror attacks in the Americas. Unfortunately, that trial still won’t bring to justice those who committed the act, nor get to the bottom of the death of Alberto Nisman the prosecutor who had led the investigation and died this past January under mysterious circumstances.
Recent events have demonstrated how far the region still has to go in improving transparency and civilian control over the intelligence services.
Nisman’s death has also had a profound effect on Argentina’s Jewish community that once again faces age-old accusations of double loyalties, raising questions about their full inclusion in Argentine society. But worse, Nisman’s death and the official reaction have also presented serious risks for broader civil society in Argentina that go beyond the country’s Jewish community.
When Alberto Nisman announced that he had evidence that President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Alfredo Timmerman had conducted secret negotiations with the Iranian government to absolve key Iranian officials in the AMIA bombing it wasn’t difficult to believe. Granted, the evidence wasn’t that strong, but the plan announced in 2013 to create a Truth Commission with Iran to investigate the bombing always seemed a little suspicious.