Dead Prosecutor Had Drafted Warrant To Arrest Argentina’s President

The Argentinian prosecutor whose death has sparked widespread protests had drafted an arrest warrant for the country’s president prior to his death, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

Prosecutor Alberto Nisman had been investigating the 1994 bombing of the Argentina Israelite Mutual Association, which killed 85 people, and whether the government of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner had protected Iranian officials from being prosecuted for the bombing in exchange for oil.

Nisman was killed by a gunshot to the head at his apartment on Jan. 18, the day before he was scheduled to speak to the country’s Congress about his findings.

Now investigators say they found a drafted arrest warrant for Kirchner and other top Argentinian officials in the garbage at Nisman’s apartment. The warrants alleged that Kirchner had tried to protect Iranian officials from being arrested and charged for the Jewish center bombing, according to the Times.

Kirchner has denied that there was any deal with Iran to exchange legal protection for oil and accused Argentinian intelligence of stringing Nisman along in his investigation. After his death, she pushed for the intelligence agency to be dissolved.

Correction: This post originally stated that Nisman was murdered. His death has not been officially ruled a homicide. It is currently under investigation.

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