Mere hours before Argentine Prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, was set to present his charges of corruption against President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, he was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Nisman was discovered Sunday night in his apartment and was scheduled to level his charges Monday morning.
Nisman had spent the last decade investigating the deadly 1994 bombing of the Argentinian Jewish Community Center, Argentine Israelite Mutual Association. Iran has long been suspected of being behind the terrorist attack, an accusation Iran denies. In 2007 Argentinian prosecutors obtained arrest warrants through Interpol for five Iranian and one Lebanese suspects.
Then, in 2013, president Fernandez tried to form a joint commission between Argentina and Iran in an attempt to reopen the investigation. Jewish groups and the Israeli government denounced the efforts as interference with the judicial process and the commission ultimately went nowhere.
The charge Alberto Nisman leveled at Fernandez accused her of starting the commission with the intention of derailing any prosecutions in order to facilitate relations with Iran for an oil deal.
The Israel’s government stated their sorrow at the news of his death and expressed their hope that Argentinian authorities will continue his efforts to bring the perpetrators of the bombing to justice.
On Wednesday before his body was discovered he told Argentinian newspaper, Clarion, the he “could end up dead” because of what he was doing.