The death of Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman has taken another twist.
A draft of an arrest warrant for Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Foreign Minister Nestor Timerman and several other top government officials was found in a trash can in Nisman’s apartment. It should be noted these warrants did not make it into the Nisman’s final report.
These revelations come only days after an Argentinian judge declined to hear allegations that Kirchner made a deal with Iran to subvert the investigation into the 1994 bombing of the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires which claimed the lives of 85 people.
Nisman was found dead in his apartment last month only hours before he was supposed to testify in front of Argentina’s Congress about his investigation. Fernandez de Kirchner at first called Nisman’s death a suicide, but then an about face said he had been murdered. In a cryptic message, she wrote, “They used him while he was alive and then they needed him dead.” Fernandez de Kirchner did not specify who “they” was, but given her repeated attacks against Argentina’s Jewish community and Israel, it isn’t a mystery to whom she was referring.
If nothing else, these draft warrants against Fernandez de Kirchner and other officials give her a motive for murder. But I don’t see Argentina prosecuting her in the way Peru prosecuted and convicted former President Alberto Fujimori. It should be noted that Nisman also charged former Argentinian President Carlos Menem with obstructing the investigation into the bombings in 2009, but has never stood trial. And even if Menem did stand trial nothing would likely come of it. Menem was sentenced to 7 years in prison in 2013 for arms smuggling, but has never served a day in jail.
Now it’s time to shed tears for Argentina.