The sixth anniversary of the death of special AMIA prosecutor Alberto Nisman (but the first during the coronavirus pandemic) on Monday was a subdued affair with around 100 demonstrators demanding justice near the central courthouse while respecting social distancing.
Two prominent politicians from the centre-right PRO – Patricia Bullrich, who chairs the centre-right party, and deputy Waldo Wolff – joined the demonstration. Posters carrying slogans, such as “it was magnicide, not suicide,” together with Argentine flags and photos of the dead prosecutor were displayedd at the event. None of Nisman’s immediate family was present, opting for a more private ceremony at his grave in La Tablada cemetery.
While one demonstrator shouted: “Cristina [Fernández de Kirchner], history has not acquitted you, it condemns you and will convict you,” Bullrich told the small gathering: “The truth is that his daughters, his family and the Argentine people will be at peace when justice is done and it is known who is going to pay for what happened.” For his part, Wolff declared that “Kirchnerism is politically responsible for this death.”
Nisman was found dead with a bullet through his head in his Puerto Madero flat six Januarys ago, just four days after denouncing the then-president Fernández de Kirchner for an alleged pact with Iran to cover up the 1994 terrorist bomb destruction of the AMIA Jewish community centre, claiming 85 lives, and on the eve of a Congress appearance to substantiate these charges.
Earlier this month, Federal Judge Marcelo Martínez de Giorgi slapped an injunction on the dead man’s assets, which include a Merrill Lynch account containing over US$600,000 which is the object of a money-laundering investigation.
The previous day Prosecutor Eduardo Taiano summoned former Mossad spy Uzi Shaya, who claims to have passed on to Nisman shortly before his death extracts details of offshore accounts allegedly owned by Fernández de de Kirchner. The Israeli alleges that the accounts contain concealed payments from Iran.