The Jewish hero Alberto Nisman, 51, who investigated the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires by an Islamic terrorist that killed 85 people, was found dead in his home, only days after he accused the president of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, of participating in a scheme to cover up Iran’s involvement in the bombing.
Investigating prosecutor Viviane Fein implied Nisman had been murdered; she said there was no suicide note in Nisman’s apartment, where he was found by his mother, and burglary was not a plausible motive, asserting, “It [the apartment] was in perfect condition, there was no mess, nothing was missing.” She added Nisman was shot only once, and investigators found a weapon next to his body. The results of an autopsy would be revealed on Monday, she said.
In 2009, Charles Jacobs of Americans for Peace and Tolerance interviewed Nisman, then Argentina’s chief prosecutor in charge of investigating the bombing. Jacobs learned that the Argentine government picked Nisman and wanted him to corroborate the government’s version of the terrorist attack, that the government knew of Iran’s involvement, but did not want to offend Iran, since Iran was the chief importer of Argentinian grain and meat.
Nisman refused to play along. Instead, he used dozens of investigators to ferret out the truth: that the government’s tale of a plot by a few anti-Semitic policemen and Iranian dissidents was a lie. He discovered that Iranian senior officials had planned and financed the attack, which was executed by Hezbollah, which worked with Iran.
Nisman was so thorough that his research found the exact date that the attack was planned: Aug. 14, 1993, in the Iranian city of Mashad. Argentina later apologized to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights for covering up the real story.
By 2009, after years of death threats, Nisman had taken to living with bodyguards. In 2012, former Argentine president Carlos Menem was ordered to stand trial for obstruction of justice in a probe of the 1994 bombing. No trial date was set.