Kirchner accuser was murdered
He was found in a pool of blood in his bathroom three years ago An Argentine judge has confirmedthat the prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who accused the president of covering up Iran’s role in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community centre, was murdered.
Julián Ercolini, a federal judge, has ruled that the shot to the head that killed Nisman, 51, in his home in January 2015 was not suicide. He had been investigating the bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association in Buenos Aires, in which 85 people were killed and hundreds wounded.
Nisman had been due to testify that Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, the president at the time, covered up Iran’s alleged involvement, which it has denied, in exchange for trade deals. Nisman’s death will now be treated as a homicide. Mrs Kirchner, who stepped down in December 2015, is likely to be questioned.
She was elected to the senate in October, which confers immunity from prosecution. This month she was charged with treason over the Nisman allegations and corruption. She denies wrongdoing and claims that her successor, President Macri, is behind the alle gations.
A judge has asked parliament to remove her immunity but is unlikely to secure a majority. On Tuesday Judge Ercolini also charged Diego Lagomarsino, Nisman’s aide, as an accessory to murder. The judge said that he was the last person in the flat and the bullet was fired from his gun. Mr Lagomarsino denied involvement and said Nisman had asked for the gun for protection.